The Project (Overview)

New! OneBusAway is now part of a new nonprofit organization, the Open Transit Software Foundation. More than a decade ago, OneBusAway started as a project under the umbrella of the University of Washington. As the program has grown, it has become obvious that it needs a bigger home that can be more responsive to the needs of the multiple partners involved in its long-term success. Therefore, over the past few months, we have embarked on a new foundation for OneBusAway, while simultaneously providing a platform for us to partner more easily with other open source transit projects. With this is mind, we are thrilled to announce that we have now formed an official nonprofit organization, the Open Transit Software Foundation! More details and an OTSF website will be coming soon, and we are also applying for 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service. For anyone interested in hearing more as we solidify the new non-profit home for OneBusAway, please get in contact with us at info@onebusaway.org.


The OneBusAway open source project is a consortium of representatives from public sector  transit agencies, commercial firms, academic research representatives, and interested individuals.  The goals of the OneBusAway project are:

  • To deliver robust real-time applications that meet the needs of transit providers and academic researchers
  • To foster an expanding and dynamic community of users, both commercial and academic
  • To build productive, effective partnerships with other open source transit and like-minded projects such as OpenTripPlanner, 1-Click, and Tiramisu Transit.

The OneBusAway project is led by a Board of Directors which is elected at the annual OneBusAway project meeting, which is typically held in Washington, DC (with a web and teleconference option) on the Sunday that starts the Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual conference.  The code base for OneBusAway is managed by a technical committee appointed by the Board of Directors to ensure that the code base is professionally managed and controlled.

For more information, see the OneBusAway Vision Statement, History, Governance, and Development Agenda.