Delhi is spread across an area of 1,484 square kilometers. Travelling in this city is still a herculean task for its residents, leave aside a newcomer. The city’s public transport system is in a state of chaos and visitors find it really hard to commute, even though there are multiple modes of transportation and even startups who have tried solving the problem.
There is lack of information, and these visitors and newcomers in the city are left at the mercy of knowledge of the next person they find nearby or the auto drivers. Most of them end up paying hefty sum of money to these auto drivers for just a 10 min ride. Questions like “Which bus goes to Lajpat Nagar?” and “Which is the nearest metro station from here?” can be commonly heard being asked by commuters who are new to the city. The conditions are same in all major cities in the country. Fortunately, there are startups like TransitPedia that aims to ease intra-city travelling.
TransitPedia is a travel app that allows commuters to travel easily from point A to point B within a city by offering them quick access to the data they need for their commute. It was founded by Mehul Sutariya and Vaibhav Vasa in 2013.
The Journey Of TransitPedia
Mehul Sutariya pursued his computer engineering from Mumbai University and his Masters in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. Post that, he interned at Google and worked with Amazon for 4 years as a software engineer.
Vaibhav did his electronics engineering from Mumbai University, followed by Masters in Operations Research from Case Western, Ohio. After that, he worked with Avery Dennison (a Fortune 500 company) as a demand planning manager for about 5 years.
They both have been friends for about 15 years now and share a similar career curve. Since the age of 16, they have been extensively using public transport and were well aware of its loopholes. During their stay in USA, they were amazed to see the organized and efficient nature of the transport system. They got all the required information through an app, which made their commute well-planned and seamless, with hardly any waiting time involved at the stations. The stark gap between the public transport systems in the US and India made them realize that there is immense potential in this space to bring about a change.