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.

I’m very excited to announce that after over two years of development, the latest version of OneBusAway for iOS is ready for public beta testing! If you want to dive right in and try out the new app, please visit https://testflight.apple.com/join/RuhKdd1M. This new version of OneBusAway is built on top of an open source reusable code library called OBAKit (https://github.com/onebusaway/obakit), which offers some awesome new capabilities over what the current shipping version of OneBusAway can do. Here’s what’s new: Software developers can plug OBAKit into their own apps in order to power real-time transit experiences without having to do any extra work. Transit agencies can easily create their own custom-branded versions of OneBusAway for iOS, complete with a unique color scheme, name, and logo. The OBAKit source code is written in Apple’s Swift programming language, and it is designed to be easily understood and fun to work on. Try out the public beta: Please note that this version of the app might be a little buggier than you’re used to. We’ve taken great pains to ensure it works right, but we can’t guarantee we’ve found everything. If you want to try out the public beta, please visit: https://testflight.apple.com/join/RuhKdd1M How you …

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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 info@opentransitsoftwarefoundation.org.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us and all areas of society. Public transit has been hit hard, with ridership way down, and many agencies moving to fare-free service. Bus drivers are on the front line. At the same time, transit remains a core essential service for many, including medical personnel who need to get to hospitals and clinics.  Riders who still rely on transit need good information now more than ever. Unfortunately, it has been difficult for agencies to keep their GTFS schedule information up-to-date, with many service cuts, and sometimes drivers out sick and unable to work, resulting in canceled trips. The result has been that information shown in OneBusAway has not always been correct. One important bit of progress here is that King County Metro in Washington State has recently implemented a transit alerts tool, which is allowing both route and trip level cuts to be reflected correctly in the OneBusAway real-time information, even though the trips are still in the GTFS schedule. The OneBusAway team is continuing to work on improving the accuracy of displayed information, including targeted and up-to-date service alerts. In the meantime, here are pages for a number of our partner agencies …

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