Technology in the Oregon Public Transportation Plan

What are the functions of transit technology on a statewide basis? Who makes the decisions and implements the system? Below is the text of a memo, mostly in its original form, provided to the Oregon Department of Transportation with recommendations and input for a statewide technology planning process. I prepared the memo in just a few hours, so it doesn’t pretend…

Announcing the flexible transit trip planner

The trip planner revolution Trip planners based off GTFS data have revolutionized public transit in the United States. Just 12 years ago, the only trip planners were expensive, proprietary, poorly functioning, and designed for individual systems. Now, a “Google Trip Planner” widget is ubiquitous on the websites of larger agencies and common even for systems with…

Transitland, towards a more robust open-source transit software stack — interview with Drew Dara-Abrams

Transitland is opening up doors to conveniently find and use transit data (see Thomas’s earlier June 2016 Trillium blog post on Transitland). To get a full understanding of the Transitland project, its ambitions, and the opportunities it is opening, I talked with Drew Dara-Abrams (Twitter: @drewdaraabrams), head of mobility products at Mapzen. Below is the full text of our interview. Thank you, Drew, for…