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OpenPlans iOS Public Transit Kickstarter Effort Shuts Down; Money to be Returned

Monday, December 10th 2012
By Adena Schutzberg

Back in July, once we learned that Apple had taken public transit directions out of its mapping app, the folks at OpenPlans launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund and open source public transit solution:

With the announcement of iOS version 6, Apple has dropped Google Maps and with it, previously built-in support for travel directions via public transit.

With your support, OpenTripPlanner Mobile, an open source application developed by OpenPlans will put transit back on the iPhone. Initially, we will offer coverage for almost all transit systems in North America (see coverage details below).

The required $25k in funding was collected by August and the team set to work. Joyride is in a solid beta as of November (source code). But last Friday came word the Joyride project is to be ended and money refunded. Why?

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 open source project is still available and others have already built apps (including for iOS,  The Transit App and Moovit) on the underlying OpenTripPlanner project.

via @cageyjames

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