The enterprising guys over at Sakay.ph, developers of the popular Metro Manila commuting app, have recently debuted the Traincheck project, a website that helps MRT passengers avoid long lines at train stations.
Traincheck tells you the best time to take the MRT. It predicts when crowds are heaviest, so you can commute with less stress. How? A predictive model needs data to function, and historical data isn’t readily available. We took an innovative approach to collect this data.
In a nutshell, Traincheck uses the Department of Transportation’s public MRT3 site as its gauge to determine whether a particular station is crowded or not. The technical specifics can be found in Sakay.ph’s blog post detailing the ins and outs of the whole shebang, so head over there if you’re interested.
For now, Traincheck will only cover the MRT3 line. LRT commuters will have to wait a little longer, as Sakay.ph is still in the process of adding the other train systems.