Share this project


Share this project

Help us put transit directions back on the iPhone!
Help us put transit directions back on the iPhone!
838 backers pledged $26,280 to help bring this project to life.

Recent updates


00c1f6a5902839010a89f2f60f35d201 original
E04e697dc4629d78f33177c52c99010c original

Joyride update

1 like

Hello Kickstarter backers --

We’re writing with an update about our transit app. In the months since the project was successfully funded with your support, we’ve built and launched a beta version of the app, which we called Joyride. We’ve assembled the necessary transit service data to power the site, and received excellent feedback from our beta testers. We’ve shared all this work as an open source project.

Despite the successes so far, we’re stopping work on Joyride, and refunding you. Here’s why: the trip planning in Joyride depends on up to date, accurate transit data, which we assemble from open data feeds provided by hundreds of individual transit operators. In the new year, the OpenTripPlanner team is spinning out from OpenPlans. With their departure, we won’t have the capacity here to keep the app up to date, and we’re not prepared to launch without being certain we can offer a viable ongoing service that people can depend on for their daily travel needs.

The OpenTripPlanner project, on which Joyride is based, has grown into a thriving open source community. We are releasing the Joyride code in the hopes that another group of transit developers will use it in the future. And there are other fantastic OTP-based apps already available in the App Store. Check out The Transit App and Moovit to see if they support your community.

We're proud of the work we've done on Joyride, and deeply appreciate the support you've all given us through your Kickstarter donations. Since we will be unable to deliver a final version that can be supported long term, we are returning your donations. You should see those returns in your Amazon payments accounts soon.

Thanks again for your support. Please feel free to contact us at if you have questions.

-- the team at OpenPlans

Update 10/29/12

1 like

We’ve been working on the OpenTripPlanner for iPhone for 6 weeks, and are just 1 week away from getting the beta into the hands of selected beta testers. The journey, as planned, is almost at its final leg. Here’s what we’ve been working on since our last update.

Our front end team:

+ created graphics, icons and imagery, and incorporated into the app.
+ chose TestFlight to distribute beta app to users.
+ is continuing to write the app.
+ is reaching out to potential beta testers.

Our backend developers:

+ started importing GTFS data feeds into our backend system.
+ developed a map of all the areas that will be covered by open data that will be in the app. If you are wondering if your metro area will be covered here, please note that this is a live map of metro areas and we are still adding areas. If you don’t see yours, don’t worry, we’re still adding data to this map!
+ are fine tuning and completing the routing engines that will forward trip planning requests to the proper OpenTripPlanner instance.

Development Update - 10/11/12

1 like

Here's the latest with the front end team --

+ finished wireframes and mockups.

+ developing the beta version of the app.

+ working on finding the best platform from which to deliver the beta version to testers, to make it easy to install and to send feedback back to us

+ creating the graphics, icons and imagery that will be used within the app.
The backend team is doing the heavy lifting with transit data and OpenTripPlanner --

+ developing the geographic router, which figures out which metropolitan area the user is in, so we can plan a trip using the local transit data.

+ setting up routing engine coverage map.

+ tracking down additional data and adding it to

We’ve still got lots of work ahead of us, but we're excited about the progress that’s been made. In particular, some of the nifty new UI ideas that we’ve come up with along the way.... Stay tuned for more details soon.

  • Image 169419 original

Development Update and Request(s)

1 like

Dear Kickstarters,

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 

Thank you!

1 like

Dear Kickstarters,

We successfully wrapped up the fundraising campaign with over 830 backers and more than $25,000 in contributions. Only a few hundred Kickstarter projects (out of the more 41,000 to date) have seen this level of response. We’re so grateful for your financial support and your help spreading the word!

At OpenPlans we consider ourselves civil servants. We’re a non-profit but we work with and for government. And whether we’re building bus trackers, trip planners or tools for civic participation it’s your taxes and transit fares that pay our salaries.

This project is an expansion of that relationship.

Thanks to your support via Kickstarter, we now have the opportunity to work with you directly. In the coming weeks we’ll be looking for your input and exploring new ways to collaborate as the project evolves.

We are also grateful to our colleagues at TriMet for their vision to create an open source trip planner, and to the many companies and individuals around the world that have contributed both money and time to the project over the last three years. It is because of them that we at OpenPlans are able to begin this next phase of the project. We look forward to their continued involvement and we welcome you to this community.

Thanks again for the support and we look forward to working with you in the weeks ahead!

The OpenPlans Team