Running late? Don’t sweat, this Dutch app calculates if you’ll make the train

And it's not the NS app ๐Ÿคช

How many times have you sprinted an Olympic standard sprint for the train (at least, it feels like it)… but you’re just too late?

We’re sure most commuters in the Netherlands know the feeling. Well, one frustrated Dutchie said enough was enough.

Jens de Ruiter (20) is developing an app that tells you exactly how long you have to walk to the train and whether there’s enough time to make it, reports RTL Nieuws.

Trains got his brains in gear

The young website programmer came up with the idea after he kept missing his trains: “I often just missed the train or thought I had more time left.”

READ MORE | Public transport in the Netherlands: the complete guide

“I left home too late, ran a bit, and found out there was a delay at the station, so I didn’t have to run at all.” We’ve all been there, Jens.

How does it work?

Based on your location and pace, the app measures the time it will take you to walk to the station and then calculates whether you have enough time to catch the train.

“You search for the station you’re going to and then select the departure time of the train. Then, based on your walking speed, the app calculates if you’ll arrive on time.”

@jensderouter ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿƒ Kom op tijd bij de trein met deze app! #development #ios #android #nssprinters โ™ฌ original sound – Jens

If the train is delayed, Jens wants the app to send a notification indicating a later departure time.

He knows notifications like this already exist via the NS app, but says you get all the information on all trains that run a certain route.

READ MORE | Train delayed? This new tool lets you request compensation in seconds

His approach is simpler: “I actually only want the information of the train I want to take.”

As a seasoned commuter, I find the 9292 app and NS app walking estimations often too long or short, and it’s difficult to predict whether you’ll make a train, especially if it’s delayed.

Still in development

Jens expects the app to be ready for iOS and Android between one and six months, as it’s still in the development phase.

“Iโ€™m testing it myself, and I find that I have to adjust some things so that it’s more user-friendly.

He’s still looking for a name for the app, so if you have any suggestions, you can leave him a message!

Would you use this app to travel? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

Feature Image:Depositphotos
Katrien Nivera ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ
Katrien Nivera ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ
Third culture kid Katrien has been working as a writer and editor at DutchReview for over two years, originally moving to the Netherlands as a tween. Equipped with a Bachelorโ€™s in communication and media and a Masterโ€™s in political communication, sheโ€™s here to stay for her passion for writing, whether itโ€™s current Dutch affairs, the energy market, or universities. Just like the Dutch, Katrien lives by her agenda and enjoys the occasional frietje met mayo โ€” she just wishes she could grow tall, too.


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