Why iOS 6 is good for transit

Apple’s new iOS 6 operating system is getting as much buzz for the newly added features as it is for what’s been removed: to the disappointment of many, Apple dropped the currently pre-installed Google Maps app, and with it Google’s transit directions. Future iOS users will need to install third-party apps for transit information. The Read more…

How does bikeshare stack up to transit?

A New Way to Analyze CaBi Data A version of this entry was posted at Greater Greater Washington on June 13, 2012. Bike sharing has emerged in US cities over the last five years to wide praise from bicycle advocates, and transit supporters as well because of its natural ability to complement transit services. Many Read more…

Watercooler: Laws on the Books

Last week there was a whole lot of chatter regarding the public policy, compliance and regulatory front.  Which regulations go too far, which policies are too invasive and just when and how can we improve the chances that citizens voices be heard in health care and in the legislative processes?  Here’s a summary of things OpenPlansers where Read more…

b-roll: Paul fights spam from Btwlzyq

“An Internet service cannot be considered truly successful until it has attracted spammers.” – Rafe's law  I've been thinking about comment spam a lot lately, and more generally spam in any kind of user-uploaded content. Here's a story. Back in 2008, we at OpenPlans developed a site for the Orton Family Foundation called communityalmanac.org. It's a Read more…

What an intern does at OpenPlans

James here, just getting started with what’s sure to be a terrific summer interning with OpenPlans in New York City. I’m a grad student at Georgia Tech, pursuing masters’ degrees in civil engineering and city planning with a central focus on transportation. This summer I’m going to identify and help design transit data driven tools Read more…

Open & Candid: James Wong

James Wong comes to OpenPlans Transportation to explore next steps in transportation planning tools.  He currently studies transportation planning and engineering at Georgia Tech. Before that he's been a transportation consultant at transit agencies up and down the eastern seaboard and even Africa.  James sat down to talk about where he’s been, what he’s been doing and where Read more…

Streetfilms at the Chicago Architecture Foundation

Recently in New York, and now in Chicago; Streetfilms continues its journeys into the galleries of some of the country's finest institutions.  Streetfilms' Moving Beyond the Automobile: Bus Rapid Transit is part of the exhibit “Bus Rapid Transit: Next Stop Chicago” at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.  The exhibit takes a look at how BRT systems are transforming cities Read more…

Watercooler: As Streets Align with Sunsets

In the last week we were reminded that the Manhattan grid is, in fact, in tune with nature, community groups are making flexible spaces to accomodate new communities and mapmakers are documenting data, both new and ancient. Here's what OpenPlansers were chatting about last week: + NYC DOT released a new map portal.  Parking signs, Read more…