Zophop – smart logo ka, smart app

When we sat conceptualizing this video, one of the biggest challenges was to decide on the setting in the script – do we show real-life use cases, do we go in for a bland product feature description or do we do something which is catchy and informational?

None of us have any previous experience in advertising but then that has never stood in the path of creating something that sells right? After numerous brainstorming sessions we came up with the above script, a script which introduces an overconfident character who uses all of the popular apps in the commute segment ( yes, yes we used the real names with a few tweaks). And then the omniscient narrator goes on to tell him why there is absolutely no need to waste space on your phone by using all these apps when in fact there exists an one app solution for all commute related queries.

So while we covered all our use-cases we also highlighted the fact about us being a one place stop for all you need to know about travel. Pretty neat eh?


Drop your comments below as to how you liked our in-house effort. 


Get Zophop – one-app-for-all-commute from PlayStore here.

Suburban trains to be partially cancelled between Chennai and Gummidipoondi

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Southern Railway will either cancel or partially cancel some suburban train services between Chennai and Gummidipoondi on January 21, 23, 25, 28 and 30, February 2,4,6,9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25 and 27, and March 1, 3, 5, 8, 10 and 12. The changes are made to facilitate repair works on the on the Chennai Central – Gudur section.

The following suburban trains will be partially cancelled.

Chennai Beach – Gummidipoondi EMU local (Train No 42601), scheduled to leave Chennai Beach at 9.40am, will be partially cancelled between Ennore and Gummidipoondi. It will be turned back from Ennore to Moore Market Complex (MMC) railway station as a passenger special.

MMC – Gummidipoondi EMU local (Train No 42015), scheduled to leave MMC at 10.25am, will be partially cancelled between Ennore and Gummidipoondi. It will be turned back from Ennore to MMC as a passenger special.

MMC – Gummidipoondi EMU local (Train No 42017), scheduled to leave MMC at 11.35am, will be partially cancelled between Ennore and Gummidipoondi. It will be turned back from Ennore to MMC as a passenger special.

MMC – Gummidipoondi EMU local (Train No 42019), scheduled to leave MMC at 12.10pm, will be partially cancelled between Ennore and Gummidipoondi. It will be turned back from Ennore to MMC as a passenger special.

MMC – Sulurpeta EMU local (Train No 42413), scheduled to leave MMC at 12.40pm, will be partially cancelled between Ennore and Sulurpeta. It will be turned back from Ennore to MMC as a passenger special.

MMC – Gummidipoondi EMU local (Train No 42021), scheduled to leave MMC at 1.15pm, will be partially cancelled between Ennore and Gummidipoondi. It will be turned back from Ennore to MMC as a passenger special.

Sulurpeta – MMC EMU local (Train No 42406), scheduled to leave Sulurpeta at 10am, will be partially cancelled between Minjur and MMC. It will be turned back from Minjur to Sulurpeta as a passenger special.

Gummidipoondi – MMC EMU local (Train No 42020), scheduled to leave Gummidipoondi at 10.50am, will be partially cancelled between Minjur and MMC. It will be turned back from Minjur to Gummidipoondi as a passenger special.

Gummidipoondi – MMC EMU local (Train No 42022), scheduled to leave Gummidipoondi at 11.20am, will be partially cancelled between Minjur and MMC. It will be turned back from Minjur to Gummidipoondi as a passenger special.

Sulurpeta – MMC EMU local (Train No 42408), scheduled to leave Sulurpeta at 11.10am, will be partially cancelled between Minjur and MMC. It will be turned back from Minjur to Gummidipoondi as passenger special.

Gummidipoondi – MMC EMU local (Train No 42024), scheduled to leave Gummidipundi at 1PM, will be partially cancelled between Minjur and MMC. It will be turned back from Minjur to Sulurpeta as passenger a special.

 Gummidipoondi – MMC EMU local (Train No 42026), scheduled to leave Gummidipoondi at 1.35PM will be partially cancelled between Minjur and MMC. It will be turned back from Minjur to Gummidipoondi as a passenger special.

Sulurpeta – MMC EMU local (Train No 66026), scheduled to leave Sulurpeta at 12.00pm, will be partially cancelled between Ponneri and MMC. It will be turned back from Ponneri to Sulurpeta as a passenger special.

The following suburban train will be fully cancelled.

Gummidipoondi – MMC EMU local (Train No 42030), scheduled to leave Gummidipoondi at 3.15pm will be fully cancelled.


To see train timings, platform numbers, fares and stops in Chennai get zophop from Playstore today. 

Chennai Metro rail extends train timings during Pongal season

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The Chennai Metro Rail has extended its operational time during Pongal festival.

 The Chennai Metro Rail will operate services till 11 p.m. during Pongal. The extension of the timings was to help passengers heading to Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus board buses for the Pongal holidays.

On Wednesday and Thursday, January 13 and 14, train services would be extended till 11 p.m. The last train from Koyambedu will leave at 10:45 p.m. and Alandur at 11:05 p.m.

On Friday and Saturday, January 15 and 16, normal schedule will be maintained. On Sunday, January 17, the first service from Alandur and Koyambedu will start at 8 a.m. and will run till 11 p.m.

Extra services will be operated based on passenger flow.


This information was officially released here on irctc site. 

 

Zophop rolls out a new UI for enhanced localized real-time information

In our latest update, we have systematically revamped our app home-screen. Now commuters will be able to access all localized real-time information in one screen apart from being able to the previous queries and searches too on zophop.

In this new UI, commuters will be able to see –

1. Live Trips around them – buses, trains or any other commute
2. See nearest Uber, Ola, Jugnoo
3. Your recent searches
4. Near stops and stations and immediate bus/train departure details from these stops/stations
5. Other features – Timings, Nearby Stops, Best Route

Below are some of other recent updates –

1. Multilingual support – Hindi, English, Marathi
2. Offline timings – access bus/train details without internet

Here is what our new homescreen looks like –

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and once you scroll down on the same screen you can see other real-time information around you –

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Do tell us how do you like our new homescreen? Do you find much better than the previous one ? Leave your comments below.


Download zophop from Google Playstore for all commute related information.

 

18 hour Mega – Block on CR this weekend, trains cancelled

 

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The Central Railway will impose an 18-hour mega block on its main line on Sunday owing to the work for dismantling the century-old Hancock bridge, which will impact operations of some suburban and Express services.


Due to the mega block, some trains moving to and fro from CST will be cancelled, diverted and short-terminated from today till January 10, a CR statement said.

All CST-bound suburban services would be terminated at Byculla station and then depart from there, the statement said, adding that total 150 suburban and 42 mail and express trains will remain cancelled today, tomorrow and on Sunday.

The mega-block will start at 12.20 AM on Sunday and continue till 6.20 PM that day which is likely to cause problems to daily commuters and long distance passengers.

After dismantling the 137-year-old Hancock bridge, near Sandhurst road station, a new bridge would be built at same place by the CR.

Dismantling and then re-constructing the bridge will allow trains to run between Dadar and CST without speed restrictions, an official said.

According to the statement, the trains that will remain cancelled today are – Train No.16340 Nagercoil-CST Mumbai Express, Train No.11028 Chennai-CST Mumbai Mail and Train No.11020 Bhubaneshwar-CST Mumbai Konark Express.

The trains which will be cancelled tomorrow are – Train No. 51028 Pandharpur-CST Mumbai Passenger, Train No. 51034 Sainagar Shirdi-CST Mumbai Passenger, Train No. 11306 Solapur-CST Mumbai Express, Train No. 11402 Nagpur-CST Mumbai Nandigram Express, Train No. 12112 Amaravati-CST Mumbai Express, Train No. 22108 Latur-CST Mumbai Express, Train No. 11024 Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj(T)-Mumbai Sahyadri Exp and Train No. 02597 Gorakhpur-CST Mumbai Special.

The trains to remain cancelled on January 10 are-Train No.11010 Pune-CST Mumbai Sinhagad Express, Train No.22102 Manmad-CST Mumbai Rajya Rani Express, Train No.12124 Pune-CST Mumbai Deccan Queen Express, Train No.12110 Manmad-CST Mumbai Panchavati Express, Train No.12126 Pune-CST Mumbai Pragati Express, Train No.51154 Bhusaval-CST Mumbai Passenger.

Besides, Train No.11008 Pune-CST Mumbai Deccan Express, Train No.11030 Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj(T)-CST Mumbai Koyna Express, Train No.12128 Pune-CST Mumbai Intercity Express and Train No.22106 Pune-CST Mumbai Indrayani Express will also remain cancelled on January 10, said the statement.

The suburban services will remain suspended between CST and Byculla from 12.20 AM to 6.30 PM on Sunday.

The last local leaving from CST will be for Kasara at 12.10 AM on January 10 and last local for Karjat will leave CST at 12.30 AM. There will no block on the harbour line.


This article was originally published on Economic Times

Mumbaikars spend an average of 230 hours per year waiting for a bus

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Commuters in India are spending an average of 45 minutes traveling one way as compared to 33 minutes spend by commuters in US on the one way daily travel. Commuters in Mumbai spend an average of 138 minutes, 2.3 hours everyday traveling to work while those in Delhi spend 1.7 hours. Though average both ways travel time for Delhi is relatively less than that of Mumbai, carbon dioxide emissions for the capital stand at  10,305.60 gms as compared  7,043.64 gms in Mumbai.

But before we go into more details let us understand what traffic congestion is –

Traffic congestion is a condition on road networks that occurs as use increases, and is characterized by slower speeds, longer trip times, and increased vehicular queueing.  As demand approaches the capacity of a road (or of the intersections along the road), extreme traffic congestion sets in. Traffic congestion can lead to drivers becoming frustrated and engaging in road rage.

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Traffic congestion, jams occur when there are more cars on the road than the road was originally designed for.  One might think that increasing the road capacity might ease this congestion but according to a 2011 study in the The American Economic Review, researchers from the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics, analyzed data from the U.S. Highway Performance and Monitoring System for 1983, 1993 and 2003, as well as information on population, employment, geography, transit, and political factors. They determined that the number of vehicle-kilometers traveled (VKT) increases in direct proportion to the available lane-kilometers of roadways. The implication is that building new roads and widening existing ones only results in additional traffic that continues to rise until peak congestion returns to the previous level.

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Instead Economist Anthony Downs argues that rush hour traffic congestion is inevitable because of the benefits of having a relatively standard work day ( too many people having the same routine, too many people using the same limited utilities). Downs advocates greater use of road pricing to reduce congestion (a demand-side solution, effectively rationing demand), in turn plowing the revenues generated therefrom into public transportation projects. Yes, he suggests that if people start paying for their road usage then perhaps traffic congestion might decrease. While we have already seen this implemented in the country in the form of toll booths on newly constructed highways, one wonders how the people who use cars as their main means of transportation, 56.57% in Delhi versus 25% in Mumbai, might react to this. 

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There are more people on roads, there are more cars on roads, than there were in the previous years and with every passing year these are going to increase and increase. Below are a few negative impacts these increasing numbers and traffic congestion have – 

  • Wasting time of motorists and passengers.
    – As a non-productive activity for most people, congestion reduces regional economic health.
    – Delays, which may result in late arrival for employment, meetings, and education, resulting in lost business, disciplinary action or other personal losses.
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    Inability to forecast travel time accurately, leading to drivers allocating more time to travel “just in case”, and less time on productive activities.
  • Environment Downside
    Wasted fuel increasing air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions owing to increased idling, acceleration and braking.
  • Delays in Emergency situations
    – Blocked traffic may interfere with the passage of emergency vehicles traveling to their destinations where they are urgently needed – ambulances, fire brigades, police help etc.
  • Stress
    – Stressed and frustrated motorists, encouraging road rage and reduced health of motorists
    – Higher chance of collisions due to tight spacing and constant stopping-and-going.

We think the most negative impact is the waste of time lost in commuting from one place to another. As real estate prices soar and people live farther and farther away from their work, a lot of time is lost not just in commuting but also waiting for the mass transit modes. People in Mumbai who take the bus everyday to work spend an average of 19 minutes waiting as opposed to the 6 minutes spent by the people in Delhi. 19 minutes spent waiting for a one way trip, everyday, accumulates to 13870 minutes an year, which is a total of 230 hours. Add to this the average 71 minutes one way travel time by buses, which totals to 863 hours in an year for the average Mumbaikar. 

Solutions and suggestions have been made aplenty and mostly revolve around improving the road structure, better urban planning and design, controlling the supply and demand both of people and cars. But the problem with these solutions is that they will take time to implement and take an even longer time to show positive results. And, ironically it is only time that we do not seem to have. 

A present day solution to this problem is the availability of accurate real-time commute information, a solution already adopted and implemented in the western world. On our side of the fence, while we wait for the administration to modernize the entire commute infrastructure, small steps are being taken by varied entrepreneurs to provide solutions to connecting and commuting problems. On demand cab and taxi services are on a rise and a small initiative has been taken by us, at zophop, to provide real-time bus information for 15 cities in India.

Using the Check-In feature, this crowdsourced effort gives better information each time more people use it. You can now view buses in real-time and get ETA to your stops too – 

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A bus moving in real-time in Mumbai

Number of buses with real time information at 10:07 in Mumbai

Number of buses with real time information at 10:07 in Mumbai

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real time ETA to next stop


You can get the app here from Google PlayStore. Do Check-In while traveling and contribute to this crowdsourcing initiative – the more people use it, the more information everyone gets.


Average waiting times, traffic index, one way road trip times, percentage usage of transit means, economic theories and definitions have been referenced from from Wikipedia and Numbeo.

 

zophop now in Marathi for Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur

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zophop app is now available in Marathi and Hindi language. You can easily look up for all public transport information with our app.

For Mumbai we provide timings, fares, stops and platform numbers of Mumbai Local trains, Mumbai Metro and Monorail.  We even give you real time information on timings and location of all BEST and NMMT buses in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.

zophop is also available in 14 other Indian cities.