HopStop.com

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HopStop.com, Inc.
Type Subsidiary company
Industry Transportation
Founded 2005
Founders Chinedu Echeruo
Headquarters New York City, New York
Services Directions
Owners Apple Inc.
Website www.hopstop.com

HopStop.com, Inc, (branded as "HopStop"), is an online city transit guide offering door-to-door subway and bus directions and maps for over 140 cities around the world using its website, or apps for iPhone, iPad and formerly Android. The company, which was founded in 2005, was named one of the top 100 fastest growing software companies in the United States in 2011. It was purchased by Apple Inc. in July 2013. The Android version of its app was removed from the Play Store in September 2013.

Transit directions are available for New York City and several other major metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Boston, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Washington, D.C. Service in Chicago is suspended as of mid-October 2013, with no announced timeline for restoration.

History[edit]

Chinedu Echeruo, formerly an analyst at investment banks and hedge funds founded HopStop in 2005. Echeruo is now Chairman of the Board for HopStop. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from Syracuse University.

Joe Meyer, formerly Vice President & General Manager for AOL's Quigo Technologies came on as President & CEO in 2009.

In 2011, HopStop was named one of the top 100 fastest growing software companies in the United States and ranked 1,182 overall on the 2011 Inc 500 | 5000 list.[citation needed]

Since the release of iOS 6 in September 2012, in which Apple replaced support for Google Maps with their own mapping, HopStop has been named as one of the top transit apps for Apple products by multiple publishers including Business Insider, Fast Company and Wired.[citation needed]

The company was acquired by Apple Inc in July 2013.[1] They dropped support for Windows Phone a few days later.[2]

Features[edit]

HopStop.com provides free customized public transit directions, as well as other related features and information relevant to public transit.

Users can get step-by-step public transit, walking, taxi, biking, and hourly car rental directions based on the travel options selected (departure time, transportation mode, more walking vs. more transfers, etc.). Other major functions include Nearby Stations, which allows users to find subway or bus stops near an address, as well as providing transit maps and schedules. HopStop also calculates calories burned and per passenger carbon emissions savings for each transit route.

The City Guide helps users find attractions, bars, restaurants, hotels, shopping areas, and other businesses.The Community tab offers users the ability to plan a trip with multiple destinations, including City Guide listings and custom locations.

Coverage[edit]

HopStop.com currently provides directions in 100 metropolitan areas worldwide:

Akron, Albany, Albuquerque, Allentown / Lehigh, Ann Arbor, Asheville, Atlanta, Austin, Bakersfield, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Burlington, Charlotte, Chicago (service suspended as of October 2013), Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Dallas / Ft. Worth, Delaware, Denver / Boulder, Detroit, Eugene, Flagstaff, Fresno, Green Bay / Appleton, Hartford, Honolulu, Houston, Huntsville, Indiana, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Lansing, Las Vegas, Lexington, Little Rock, Long Island, LA, Louisville, Madison, Memphis, Metro North Area, Miami / S. Florida, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Missoula, Nashville, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York City, Norfolk / VA Beach, Oklahoma City, Orange County, Orlando, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Portland / Salem, Providence, Raleigh-Durham, Reno / Tahoe, Richmond, Rochester, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Sarasota, Seattle / Tacoma/ Olympia, Spokane, St Louis, State College, Stockton / Modesto / Tracy, Syracuse / Oswego / Utica, Tampa, Washington DC, Wilmington.

Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Waterloo, Winnipeg.

London, Moscow, Paris, St Petersburg.

All the features available on the website can also be accessed through free iOS apps. Support for Android, Windows 7, and mobile site support were withdrawn when Apple bought the company in July 2013.

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