Trafi makes public transport more accessible
What’s common between Istanbul, Moscow and Bengaluru? Neither the climate, nor the people. Everything is starkly different except the need for public transport, a reason for Lithuania-based startup TRAFI to launch in India early this year, after successful runs in its home country Moscow, Taiwan and Istanbul. “India is one of the developing countries of the world with a huge demand for cars.
We want to convert people to public transport users without regretting leaving their cars behind at home,” says Rajarshi Rakesh Sahai, country director and international expansion manager, TRAFI Available both as an app and on the web, TRAFI is simple to use and helps you plan your commute, using either only one mode of transport or a combination of all.
The company has sourced bus and metro rail routes and timings from the BMTC and BMRCL. “We make it possible for people to get algorithmic solutions for commuting from one place to another, without a car, using TRAFI,” says Sahai and further explains, “Log in to the website, or the app. Your current location is tracked. Then, key in your destination and multiple combinations of different modes of transport will pop up as options.” The app is currently live in Bengaluru and Mumbai in two languages — English and Hindi. The next step for the company, says Sahai, is to expand to Pune and make the app locally relevant.
— Ayesha Tabassum