Today Apple is publicly releasing iOS 6, the new update for the iPhone and iPad.
We're curious how the newly absent transit feature is impacting people's plans for iOS 6. Drop us a comment if you've found any great apps to help navigate transit or let us know if you are planning to wait it out until transit support is available.
Rest assured that we're busy at work building our new iOS app. Since the completion of the Kickstarter campaign we've been coding, wireframing and scraping data. Lots and lots of data. While the release of our app is still several weeks away we wanted to share progress and get your input on several aspects of the project.
First, we've decided that we don't like "OpenT...aner" as the label for our app on the iPhone home screen. We want your help finding a new (shorter) name! We've setup a form to collect your ideas. And we would love input on a few suggestions that we've already come up with. Fill out this form with your suggestions. And if we pick yours we'll send you a $50 App Store gift certificate to help you stock up on new iOS 6 apps!
Second, a major part of this project is collecting the public transit data feeds from communities across North America. This summer our fearless intern Matt Conway lead the creation of a transit data repository that scrapes and reassembles data from a variety of sources including GTFS Data Exchange, the U.S. DOT's National Transit Database and the U.S. Census. You can see the list of what we've collected on our "data dashboard."
This database allows us to track publicly available transit feeds and identifies communities without public data, ranking them by NTD and Census figures. It also manages our internal workflow for importing new and updated transit feeds, and shepherds data into our processing pipeline where it's converted into the OpenTripPlanner "graphs" that power our routing software.
We've successfully tested this new processing workflow on about a dozen major metros and our back-end data team will be scaling things up in the coming weeks to include dozens more.
In the meantime check the data dashboard to see if your community is listed.
Some transit agencies don't yet have a data feed and others choose to only share it with Google. If your agency doesn't have a public feed vote for it on our data dashboard. We'll be reaching out to missing agencies in the weeks ahead to let them know that their data matters to you. We need your help spreading the word in communities with out open data!
Also, if we've missed a feed that's already available please let us know by leaving feedback on the dashboard page or add the feed yourself to the GTFS Data Exchange. (Also, a big thanks to Jehiah Czebotar, creator of the GTFS Data Exchange, without his dedication in building a clearinghouse for public GTFS, this project wouldn't have been possible!)
Third, as you might imagine there's been a substantial amount of work over the last few weeks on the iOS client. We've still got much work ahead of us but are quite excited about the progress that's been made and some of the nifty new UI ideas that we've come up with along the way. While we're still working towards an alpha version we want to share some of the wireframes and design inputs that have been created so far.
You can check out a draft version of the wireframes here, and we look forward to getting your input on final design for the app and (beta versions) in the weeks ahead.
Finally, we've been collecting transit design inspiration here. Follow this and drop us a note if you'd like to add to the board!
Thanks again for your support and keep the feedback and ideas coming while we wrap up development!
-The OpenPlans Team