Dadnab Launches Text Messaging Service for Transit Riders
Transportation startup Dadnab (www.dadnab.com) has
launched a free service that enables riders to plan their trips on public
A Dadnab user sends a text
message with an origin and destination to a designated e-mail address. Seconds later,
the user receives a text message with the optimal
routes and times to get to the desired destination.
Roger L. Cauvin, founder and
operator of the service, is a frequent user of public transportation.
“I created the Dadnab service to make public transportation more
convenient”, Cauvin says.
“I used to spend several
hours a week studying bus schedules to figure out the most efficient way to get
around. Using the Web to plan my trips
helped when I had access to the Internet, but now I can simply use text messaging
from my mobile phone,” explains Cauvin.
In addition to
entering their origins and destinations, Dadnab users can include desired
departure or arrival times in their queries. Instructions, examples and support
are available through Dadnab’s Web site.
The service is
available in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and
the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tri-state area. Dadnab users send their text message queries
to a different e-mail address for each region.
For example, Chicago users send their queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I grew up in
the Bay Area and have used public transportation all my life,” says Stacey
Lashley, a consulting manager at Hewlett-Packard.
“I now live in Austin and am still getting used to the bus system. If it weren't for Dadnab, it would be almost
impossible for me to run errands and get to my appointments.”