Route not available: iOS6’s detours to comprehensive and universal transit direction

With the announcement of iOS6, Apple has dropped Google Maps as default mapping application. Apple has chosen to strike out on their own and created an new map service, Maps.   Which is great right?  Everything that Apple does is well-polished and flawlessly executed.  The new Map application has the potential to be a great solution Read more…

For public transit, the number of passenger miles served by agencies with open data has skyrocketed since 2007

Since mid-2007, agencies have been able to use the GTFS format to share route and schedule data. The GTFS-Data-Warehouse has documented the release date of each agency’s data, shown here scaled according to the passgenger-miles served  in 2010 when transit providers served 53.6B passenger-miles nationally. About one fourth of the agencies in the U.S. have Read more…

How the Apple-Google Fight and the New iOS6 Might Be Good for Open Source

via techpresident – OpenPlans has already had experience in this area. Last year, it worked with Portland’s public transit agency Tri-Met to launch the Tri-Met Regional Trip Planner. The online trip planner allows users to plan their routes using a combination of transit systems — buses, light rail and commuter rail. It also integrates other Read more…

Watercooler: It’s that time of year…

…when the world's on vacation. In what was one of the slowest weeks around the OpenPlans office as staffer's vacation plans came to fruition and Independence Day distracted those of us who stayed behind, the chatter about our Watercooler kept chattering.  Here's what we (what was left of us) were chatting about last week: + Read more…

Introducing CB Tools, an online resource for Community Boards and engaged citizens

Say hello to CommunityBoardTools.org –  the online guide to participation tools available for NYC's Community Boards. Community Boards are a tremendously powerful resource for NYC residents, but we've found Boards face common challenges in outreach, visibility, data collection & analysis, and engagement with the public. CB Tools sets out to allay these issues by communicating and sharing tools and solutions among community Read more…

OpenBag: Jonathan Baldwin and TidePools

We had the pleasure of having Jonathan Baldwin stop in at OpenBag.  Jonathan presented TidePools, a local mesh network and mapping application. He spoke about its test implementation in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. TidePools explores how online mapping could be more responsive to local community needs. The thesis is- what would online maps Read more…