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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For the past few years, OneBusAway has been slowly growing behind the scenes, adding new cities from San Diego to Washington DC. The little Seattle app started by two PhD students at the University of Washington in 2008 has grown up to be one of the most successful open source coding projects and a source of real-time transit arrival information for hundreds of thousands of users. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished the last few years, especially considering we’ve done it largely on volunteer efforts and transit agencies commitment to open source and open data. Each year in January, we hold a yearly board meeting to elect new board members and bring in new project members. We also give updates about each OneBusAway region and the various apps and platforms. At this year’s meeting, it became clear that a lot is going on within our project, but one thing we could improve is communicating the great stuff that is happening to our users and interested parties (transit agencies, consultants, etc.). Therefore, we are starting this new blog to let you all know what we are up to. We’ll periodically include posts about deployments in the various cities, new efforts with …

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