Vision

The OneBusAway project is a consortium of public sector transit agencies, commercial firms, nonprofits, academic researchers, and interested individuals delivering robust, open- source, real-time applications that meet the needs of transit agencies and riders. Our goals:

  • To enable transit agencies to compile and deliver high-quality, real-time information to travelers, agency staff, and third party application developers
  • To foster an expanding and dynamic community of users, including transit agencies, companies, nonprofits, and academic institutions
  • To provide a platform that supports both short- and long-term research on developing, deploying, and evaluating transit traveler information systems

Our five-year strategic plan has the following elements:

  1. Increase adoption: As of April, 2015, OneBusAway is deployed and operating in 5 major metropolitan areas (Atlanta, New York City, Seattle, Tampa, and York, Canada). We plan to increase adoption to 15 or more sites by the end of 2018. See our active sites list.
  2. Improve the Platform: Continuously improve and enhance OneBusAway to benefit users (with features such as improved service alerts and rider feedback) and transit agencies (with features such as improved bundle management, reporting, dispatching.) See our development agenda.
  3. Drive Research and Innovation: Partner with other open source and open data initiatives to drive research and innovation. Build and foster a modular ecosystem of open source transit technology options, linking OneBusAway with related software such as OpenTripPlanner.
  4. Create new applications that support independence and mobility for persons with disabilities. See our research page and potential partner projects.
  5. Assess Outcomes: As an integral part of our research, evaluate the impacts of the systems we develop and deploy on such measures as ridership, rider satisfaction, access, equity, system efficiency, and agency adoption.
  6. Support Governance: Establish a non-profit OneBusAway Foundation to oversee the project, and establish sustainable funding that supports full-time project staff. See our project charter.