Rahmeh Abu Shweimeh has launched an app to help citizens share their transportation experiences in the capital of Jordan.
"Whenever I use a taxi, I encounter problems: either because the driver is unprofessional, or because some roads are blocked. That is without mentioning the amount of traffic at all times of day," said a mother of three living in the Rabieh neighbourhood.
Abu Shweimeh says there is no reliability when it comes to public transportation. He commented on the lack of a guarantee for a ride, let alone if you'll get to your desired destination on time. Not only that, there are records of overcharging and harassment with public transportation in the capital city.
With this app, users will be able to access other people's recommendations and share rides with others near them, keep other users up to date on traffic conditions and share the incidents they may have experienced on their own journeys.
"Whenever I have a problem in the bus, I do not know who to turn to and I end up not reporting it," a student at the University of Jordan, Layla Taher, who started to "fear public transportation" said.
"On RideAct, you can upload photos of unsafe, uncomfortable or old vehicles, while also denouncing bad behaviours such as overcharging or rude attitudes of drivers," Abu Shweimeh commented.
Carpooling is encouraged for users to save money which is still undersused in Jordan.
"We have to remember that using public transportation and taxis is still not affordable for a vast segment of the population, which earns a low minimum wage. Therefore, everyone has become reliant on the idea of owning their own car, which creates even more pollution and traffic," she explained.
This carpooling feature, available in the cities of Ajloun, Aqaba, Irbid, Karakm, and more, is a cheaper way to travel.
Abu Shweimeh advocates for the carpooling feature as a way to not only save money, but also as an environmentally friendly way to commute. It also helps reduce traffic in the crowded streets of these cities.
RideAct also has an "Adviser" feature that provides brief descriptions of major stations across town. There, users can see and make comments about the accessibility and ease of use of these services.
Furthermore, the app contains an "Adviser" feature, which provides brief descriptions of major transportation stations across town, with comments from users and the accessibility and ease of use of the services.
Basically, the app helps commuters in their choice of transportation thanks to real-time critical data by fellow citizens, looking to save time and money in their daily commutes in an efficient way.