Matthew MEssential idea is to crowd-source long(ish) distance transportation. Group of people agree to participate in a group trip, Skeddadle books a bus and driver.
How do you communicate reliability? A virtual "stick in the ground": "you're in the right place"
Stations *do* provide accessibility to the underprivileged - people who don't have access to tech and the data. There's also such things as shelter and safety that stations provide.
Matt MWhat can the amorphous nature of a station free commuting option have on where people live and gentrification?
Need for density and support underserved areas to enable this.
David FThere is also a great deal of price sensitivity to certain kinds of trips (i.e. city to city vs city to "experience")One advantage to chartered buses is that buses waiting for the group to arrive can provide an obvious point to group around - rather than a formal bus stop. Skeddadle tries to find more obvious locations than signposts to give passengers to wait at
Matt MThere was a possible concern over the ramification on services like skeddadle that use public space for pick-up by private agencies. What does public vs private mean when groups start using this public space for private means?
David FSkeddadle is proposing a trend where private spaces like coffee stops are turned into a more public space for the sake of transportation, potentially breaking down the distinction between the two kinds of spaces. Could this lead to a greater degree of private and public collaboration?
Pickup locations other than bus stations don't necessarily have infrastructure to deal with large vehicles. It was suggested that in the short term this could lead to buses being in spaces that aren't designed for them, and some hope was expressed that over time this might change the design of the infrastructure to accommodate a combination of small and large vehicles.
Mass transit and automotive manufacturers both have governing bodies overseeing their safety standards. If Skedaddle is proposing fragmenting both those markets with their specialized service, who would be responsible for overseeing their safety? Skedaddle pointed out that CDL drivers have a harder license obtainment process and that buses in and of themselves are a safe form of transportation and that that intrinsic safety isn't lost by having different entities operate the buses.
Some amount of gamification in starting routes, encouraging customers to start routes and then offering discounts to the first 10 customers who also sign up for that route.
One area in which they're looking to improve their algorithm is in the amount of time a bus spends waiting between dropping off passengers and picking them up again, since Skedaddle allows booking a return trip as a single unit.
Some discussion of whether or not Skedaddle's model will place more or less strain on public infrastructure, specifically roads. While some passengers would be ditching personal vehicles in order to use a single vehicle, it might also place more strain on local-area transportation such as subways or local buses.
Concern over whether urban regulations for bus pickups being centralized in an area such as South Station was met with a response that Skedaddle is ultimately a charter service, and so is liable to those regulations which are less restrictive. They haven't received any particularly negative feedback from metropolitan governments.
Overall, Skedaddle's main concern for their current growth is demand rather than supply, particularly in areas that are currently underserved by mass transit. Large events like concerts and music halls have been some of their most successful events due to their desire to get a large number of people to a space without worrying about parking.
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.
Matt MValidation 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 GAgile 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 WConcern 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