Thursday, October 6, 2016

Jukeboxes May Soon Help You Get A Ride Home

A friend was showing me recently how he can operate the jukebox at his favorite Spokane Valley watering hole with his smartphone. He was pretty excited to find that his drinking didn't have to be interrupted by picking out music.

Well, I was excited to find out that you may be able to find a ride home using the jukebox.  TransitScreen, a global information company, has partnered with TouchTunes Media and Pernod Ricard USA, a spirits and wine company, to add a real-time, local transit display feature to TouchTunes Digital Jukeboxes in over 200 locations around the United States.

TransitScreen appears in the jukebox’s video loop and shows real-time information about nearby trains, subways, buses and taxis as well as ride-hailing options such as Uber or Lyft. Patrons can also select the information directly.

In some cases, liquor brands such as Jameson, Absolut and Malibu, are even sponsoring the TouchTunes Media local transit information program.

So far, Spokane jukeboxes don't have this option but TransitScreen officials say all 10,000 bars within the TouchTunes network will have TransitScreen functionality in the foreseeable future.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.