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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
-- the team at OpenPlans