Making progress (+25%!) and answering a few questions
Thanks to your generous contributions we've already passed the 25% mark and are well on our way. Thank you so much for your support.
We still have weeks to go in the campaign and would appreciate your help spreading the word!
In the meantime here are a couple answers to questions we've received:
What about Android?
We plan to release an Android version of OpenTripPlanner Mobile. We're just prioritizing the iPhone client because there's a more pressing need with iOS 6. Native mobile applications take time to build. However, there are already developers in the OpenTripPlanner community working on open source Android clients. Depending on the success of this campaign we may be able to accelerate the development an Android version.
What about coverage outside of North America?
We'd love to see global coverage and hope to offer that at a future time. However, the U.S. and Canada have been more successful in opening up transit data than other areas. In many other countries transit data is not available or is shared only with Google. We hope that this project will highlight the downsides to restricting access to this data and encourage sharing. Once we've launched in North America we will begin exploring options to expand access internationally.
I thought there was a new Transit API in iOS 6, why the separate app?
There is a new API for transit in iOS 6. However, that API just helps you find apps that provide transit info for your area. If you're planning a trip from within the new Apple Maps app it will help launch the transit app of your choice to plan a trip.
Here's a great overview of what's known about transit services in iOS 6:
Thanks again from everyone at OpenPlans!
pledged of $25,000 goal
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Jul 19, 2012 - Aug 18, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $5 or more
Make a tax-deductible contribution and get a free copy of our iOS transit app and a pin on our backer map (include your zip code in your profile).Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $20 or more
Make a tax-deductible contribution and get a free copy of our iOS transit app, a pin on our backer map, plus two OpenPlans decals and a thank you shout-out on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Make a tax-deductible contribution and you get a slick OpenPlans t-shirt, plus the app, OpenPlans decals a big thank-you via Facebook and Twitter!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $100 or more
With a tax-deductible donation you will receive a special 18”x”24” poster visualization of transit data for NYC, Chicago or San Francisco (available only for backers). Plus, OpenPlans decals and a thank you shout-out via Twitter and Facebook.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $150 or more
33 backers Limited (57 of 90 left)
A tax-deductible contribution makes you a member of our beta testing team. You'll have access to pre-release versions of the app and will be able to provide valuable feedback as we refine the design and functionality. You'll also get the transit data visualization poster and an OpenPlans t-shirt.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $250 or more
Your tax-deductible contribution will get your name listed as a Patron Saint of Transit on the app's about page and Facebook and Twitter. Plus you'll get the app, a transit data visualization poster, an OpenPlans t-shirt.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $400 or more
5 backers Limited (20 of 25 left)
Your tax-deductible contribution gets you and a guest invited to a special roof deck launch party at our office in New York City. Hang out with OpenPlans staff and other cool folks. If you like technology and cities it will be fun, we promise! You'll also get the app, and a transit data visualization poster, an OpenPlans t-shirt and a Patron Saint of Transit call-out in the app and on Twitter and Facebook.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
4 backers Limited (6 of 10 left)
Your tax-deductible contribution will get you a one-of-a-kind 18”x”24” poster visualization of transit data for the location of your choice (contingent on data availability -- see our coverage map). We'll also invite you and a guest to a special roof deck launch party at our office in New York City. Plus you get an OpenPlans t-shirt and a Patron Saint of Transit call-out in the app and on Twitter and Facebook.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012