A mobile app that would make using the BART system in the Bay Area a more user-friendly experience. The app would allow users to link a credit or debit card, charge it by the trip, and scan a QR code* at the turnstiles, eliminating the need for a Clipper Card or a ticket from the kiosk.
* Designed pre Apple/Android Pay
The Problem The current process to purchase fares is convoluted and confusing for many users.
People who travel on BART have to buy tickets from a kiosk with a less than ideal interface, often waiting in line or use a prepaid Clipper Card where they add funds in block amounts. Either way, there's an additional item to fumble with and keep track of as they navigate crowds to make the train.
- Goal 1 Reduce complaints and improve reputation
- Goal 2 Keep customers directly informed with alerts and important information in a way that is adaptable to new systems as they are implemented
- Goal 3 Add another form of revenue to help ease the pressure to raise fares as new cars are put into service
After getting a better understanding of what business and user goals were I formed the following hypotheses —
- Hypothesis 1 Providing an app where users can select and charge fare to their credit card will solve the frustrations felt by each of our personas regarding adding funds to a Clipper Card and buying tickets at the kiosk. After the purchase is confirmed, the app will provide a scannable QR code on the user's smartphone that can be scanned upon entry, solving the problem of fumbling with or losing and additional item.
- Hypothesis 2 The app’s notification system would be a suitable solution to the issue of informing users directly of important alerts in a way that can be adaptable to future technologies.
- Hypothesis 3 Paid advertising banners within the app can help address the need for additional revenue. However, it must be done in a way so as not to negatively impact the user’s experience.