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STUDENT DEVELOPMENT - OPEN SOURCE TRANSIT SOFTWARE (UMASS TRANSIT)
Patrick G
  • People 
Adam Sherson- IT Manager
Dave  Faulkenberry- Lead Developer
Aaron - Developer
Brian - Developer
 
 
KAdam W Suggested:
 
 
Guido S UMASS Amherst Transit IT 12 employees and 200+ students
 
76 Vehicles , Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) busses 18k pass/day @ peak
Patrick G 3.4 M pass a year
 
Students drive the buses, handle dispatch 
Students handle Data analysis and planning.
 
Using Rails and JS
Very hard to find stuff for small & med. sized transit companies.
 
Driver work swap to handle the class schedule of student drivers.
Made their own Realtime app & display.
Hastus - Route Modelling.
 
Guido S Attempting to use open source tools.  Using Test Driven Development.
 
Patrick G
  • Aaron 
Guido S Using a proprietary real time format (avail), wants to transition to GTFS
Patrick G Using Angular and Ionic 
Easily forkable, by just pointing to new Avail Rest API endpoints.
Using Google Trip Planning w/ PVTA GTFS
 
for TVs/DIsplays near stops.
Using realtime data like the Realtime App
 
  • Discussion
Check out tools like onebusaway, or transit time prediction engine(can someone post a link?)
 
The size of UMass Transit is perfect size for Dispatching.
 
Current Dispatching
 
Matt M Validation of GTFSRT and Analysis of accuracy can be difficult. Some companies and agencies are working on this problem but nobody indicated it was Open.
 
Patrick G Agile Development helps for helping turn Ideas into realities based on user's perspectives.
MTA found it best to ease people into Agile by asking for user stories in a specific format vs the Here is "Agile and you have to do it."
 
KAdam W Concern expressed that development from drivers-turned-developers, and reliance on CS and computing staff across campus puts "blinders" on potential UX/UI alternatives; potential strength of adopting a standardized backend infrastructure, stack etc is that it could provide a firm foundation for experimentation and discovery around interfaces, UI and app capabilities, leveraging more of UMass's other departments' expertise (design, art, etc)
 
FOSS4G - free and open-source software 4 geospatial. 2017's going to be in Boston, UMass team encouraged to participate/present
 

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