With the announcement of iOS version 6, Apple has dropped Google Maps and with it, previously built-in support for travel directions via public transit.
With your support, OpenTripPlanner Mobile, an open source application developed by OpenPlans will put transit back on the iPhone. Initially, we will offer coverage for almost all transit systems in North America (see coverage details below).
The app will also add new features that Google Maps didn’t have, allowing users to combine walking, bikes, bike-share and transit together, finding the fastest and most efficient trips regardless of mode of transportation.
The more funds we raise the more features and data coverage we'll be able to add. Your donation is tax-deductible and supports our work building software that makes cities better.
The way we get around is changing. We increasingly combine bikes and transit. And in many cities we’re seeing a birth of whole new modes of transport like bike-share and carshare. At OpenPlans we build open source tools that are responsive to these changes and let us imagine new ways of moving.
We’ve spent the last three years creating a trip planning engine, OpenTripPlanner, in partnership with transit agencies and software developers around the globe. It’s the first open source, multi-modal transit planner.
It does things other trip planning systems can’t. And because it’s open source, it’s constantly evolving with the help of a global community of developers.
Now we need your help to bring it to the iPhone!
Where will the app work?
For now we’re supporting any transit agency in North America that provides open data in the GTFS format. Hundreds of transit agencies already offer this data. Check out our preliminary coverage map.
If your community doesn’t yet provide data you can help us by contacting your local transit authority to let them know open data matters to you! (Stay tuned for more information about how to help open up data in your community.)
Eventually we’ll expand our service to cover the globe. We'd love to know where you’d like to see this service next.
Can I incorporate transit information into apps I develop?
All of the data and source code created as part of this project will be made available for free as open source. Also, OpenPlans will release a developer API that allows you to access the back-end trip planner as a hosted service.
Visit the developer site if you are interested in learning more about incorporating OpenTripPlanner into your application.
We plan to eventually release an Android version of OpenTripPlanner Mobile. We're prioritizing the iPhone client because there's a more pressing need with iOS 6. Native mobile applications take time to build, however, depending on the success of this campaign we may be able to accelerate our schedule for an Android version.
We'd love to see global coverage and hope to offer that at a future time. However, the U.S. and Canada have been far more successful in opening up transit data. In many other countries 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.
There is a new API for transit. 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 on iOS 6:
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