CTA Delays? Complain about Your Commute on TransitChatter

April 18, 2012

2:30 pm

“Driving in traffic is a different kind of hell every day,” said Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert.

The same could be said for taking the metro. Somehow after weeks and weeks of delays, construction, and bumper-to-bumper, we still hope for a smooth commute. That’s why commuting is its own class of agony.

To ease the pain a bit, Chicago’s TransitChatter has an iPhone and Android app designed specifically for venting. Chat with fellow disgruntled commuters, rather than just rolling your eyes after the 3rd announcement that “the train will be moving shortly.”

If the waiting makes you hungry, check out the app for deals at nearby restaurants. Unlike daily deals, TransitChatter features discounts the restaurant or store already has running. And instead of negotiating, businesses can just create and post deals online. Ads are tailored to where your train or bus is headed.

Cofounders and serial entrepreneurs Samuel Pro and David Rogers have worked together before, and picked up a few lessons along the way:

“The most important lesson we’ve learned is to get it out there. Our ultimate vision of TransitChatter is much more than deals and chatting on the CTA. We see TransitChatter as THE commuting app, with games, communities of travelers, dating, trip planning and more. In past projects, we might have tried to include all those features prior to launch, but we’ve since learned that it’s best to put out a simple product, and listen to your users about where to go next.”

TransitChatter is only available for Chicago’s CTA. Find out more at our  Tech Cocktail Chicago mixer on Thursday, where TransitChatter is a showcased startup.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact [email protected]

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