Developer updates Seattle bus tracker from overseas

When OneBusAway developer Brian Ferris left Seattle to join the Google Transit team in Zurich, he assured Seattle commuters that he would help “make sure the lights stay on” for the popular next-bus application. So when King County Metro Transit (WA) restructured its routes a few weeks ago, which introduced some glitches into the app, Ferris stepped in and updated the system — but this time he did it from Zurich. “He’s not getting paid for it. He’s just doing it because he believes in it,” said University of Washington professor Alan Borning. UW has been running the system on an interim basis, while regional transit operators work out a funding plan to keep the project going for another year. After that, agencies are considering transitioning to an open-source trip planner. Link to full story in The Seattle Times.

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