The challenge for the Development Team was to create the platform for organizing travel for groups of people, which will provide the opportunity to buy train tickets cheaper than at its full price.
Traveling by train is expensive in some countries, but every day millions of people use trains. Often people travel along the same route every day, week, month. At the same time train tickets in some countries are very expensive for one person, but if you travel in groups, the price can be halved.
The idea of the platform was to create a convenient service with the ability to organize groups of people who travel the same way and thereby reduce the price of the train tickets. The target audience are students and people who travel by train every day: on work, on business, who live in villages and work in the city.
The main project components:
What Was Done
The following was implemented:
Search of available routes in the cities with date/time and quantity of free seats
Best offers (popular routes with the best prices) with filter on the city and date/time
Information output about the route with the prices for adult and teenage tickets
Integration with API SNCF (state management of railway station)
Localization: FR and EN
Authorization/registration (native or via facebook), password reset
Private user area
F.A.Q. with categories of questions
Generation of invitation to PDF
Slider of users’ reviews
System of rating of passengers (common, silver, golden)
Feedback/response about the poolleader
History of trips
Payment by credit cards with a possibility of the reservation and return of means
E-mail notifications about registration, payment and other actions
The admin panel with the editor of translations (localization)
Several types of users is available at the platform (service):
The User is the person who is looking for the groups of co-travelers in order to join them and buy a group ticket for the required route
The Leader is the person who organizes the group of co-travelers, gets a group ticket and gathers the group in order to pass the train control
The Admin is the person who has the access to the admin panel and can change the available information in the portal
On the main page the user can:
Find the best offers and pick out the most suitable one
Choose the route and the date of traveling, the type (the adult or the young) and number of passengers
See almost complete offers (best offers)
Find out about the advantages and get the general information about the service
Read the users’ reviews
See the detailed information about the offer after clicking on it (the date, the number of train, the time of departure and arrival, the route duration, the info about the pool leader, number and prices of available tickets, the price and the commission of the selected types of tickets, the percentage of successful group gathering on this route and time)
Reserve the place in the group
Create a new group if there is no groups for the specific route and time
See similar routes if there aren’t any specific offer for the route he/she is looking for
Log in and sign up
The Development Team made the possibility for the user to sign in via e-mail address and social network Facebook.
Profile of the user
The user can add or edit the information about him/her: sex, first name, last name, email, password, date of birth, photo and phone number.
The non-activated user can receive the email with the link of activation and after following it the user can create a profile. After the profile is being created the user may add his/her payment card. The user can get a golden or a silver status in dependence of the number of travelings. The user can see the history of the groups, in which he/she takes part with the status of gathered or not gathered.
In accordance with the Customer’s requirements the Team introduced the opportunity to create an empty profile while adding more passengers without email and password. This profile will contain only ID.
Join a travel group
The user can see the detailed information about the offer and the pool leader. The user can delete information about himself/herself in the process of the reservation if he/she won’t be a passenger.
The user can add more than one passenger. The user can’t leave the group if he/she has joined one. The user can see the main information about the trip before the payment. The user can leave the feedback about the pool leader after the traveling.
The leader is the user who creates the new group for the same route. The leader is responsible for tickets and communication with the group of travelers.
The leader can create a new group after choosing the route of travel, add information about himself/herself.
After creating the group the amount equal to the cost of the ticket is frozen on the specified card of the pool leader, and after joining the group this amount is frozen on the cards of the joined passengers. It stays frozen until the group gathering deadline. If the group is complete the amount is debited from the cards of the passengers of the group. PDF-file with the information from CONFIRMATION and the phone number of the leader is generated and sent to all the participants of the group.
A group ticket is sent to the pool leader. If the group isn’t complete until the deadline the amount is unfrozen on the cards of the passengers of the group.
The payment is maintained by means of Stripe service.
The admin can edit the information of the portal and choose the period of calculation of the percentage of successful group gathering on the specific route and time. The admin can make the deadline of gathering the group less than the train company gives. The admin can change the sum of commission.
The user receives email when:
The user has created an account
The user has created a group
The user has become the member of the group
The group is complete (with the payment confirmation and invitation for the travel)
The group is canceled
The user is offered to stay a review for the pool leader after the traveling
As a result the Customer received the platform (service) for organizing travel groups, which provides the opportunity to buy train tickets cheaper than at its full price.
The Development Team followed the specification and developed the site in accordance with all the requirements of the Customer.