Our annual meeting will be January 10, 2022, 10am – noon Pacific Time (18:00-20:00 UTC), online. We’ll have reports from the different OneBusAway regions, technical discussions of work both on the server side and the app side, and introduce our new Public Relations consultants. We’ll also elect the Board of Directors for the coming year.
The Open Transit Software Foundation is requesting proposals for a public relations consultant to create materials to promote OneBusAway and OTSF! The initial proposal should be for a fixed-price contract for $5000; if the results are promising, follow-on contracts are definitely possible. Please see the RFP below for details. Proposals are due December 12, 2021. Our hope is to have the consultant on board by the time of our annual meeting in January 2022.
Our annual meeting is normally held in conjunction with the Transportation Research Board annual meeting. This year’s annual meeting, like TRB itself, will be entirely virtual, and will be 1pm-3pm EST on January 11, 2021. The program will include discussion of how transit agencies and OneBusAway have responded to the pandemic, a well as updates on the latest developments for the OneBusAway systems and apps. We will also have the annual election for the OTSF board of directors. More details will be posted soon. In the meantime, if you would like to get the information for connecting to the virtual meeting, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have now formed an official nonprofit organization, the Open Transit Software Foundation, as a home for the OneBusAway project! More details and an OTSF website will be coming soon. The organization’s name and charter are intentionally broader than just OneBusAway so that it can serve as a home for other open-source transit software systems as well.
After ten years of existence, OneBusAway keeps on growing. At the Transportation Research Board conference in Washington DC earlier this month, OneBusAway joined forces with OpenTripPlanner to host its annual meeting. The open-source community got together to share the year’s accomplishments and discuss next steps. This year, open-source developers have added new features into the app. Sean Barbeau from USF worked with Microsoft Research to add Embedded Social, a new social platform allowing users to make comments. Links to regional fare payment apps were added for Tampa, Puget Sound, and Sand Diego. HART worked with Cambridge Systematics to deploy a new service alerts platform developed in coordination with WMATA. Sean Crudden developed a new prediction method (part of TheTransitClock) based on machine learning to better forecast vehicle arrivals in unstable conditions such as passenger crowding, inclement weather, and congestion. The mobile app is being deployed all over the world. New instances were implemented in Sroda Wielkopolska, Poland, Jackson County, Oregon, and more. San Diego MTS now runs OneBusAway on its website and as its native app. HART in Tampa, FL, integrated its streetcar service into the app. Ten years after getting started by two Ph.D. students at University of Washington, …