2017 General RFP – Project 05

Project Title: Assisting New Transit Riders, Including those with Disabilities, via an App Designed for All

Principal Investigator: Sean J. Barbeau, University of South Florida (USF)

Co-Principal Investigator:

Project Type: Research, Education

CTEDD Grant Cycle: CTEDD 2017 General RFP

Project Status: In Progress

Abstract:

This project will enable the large-scale deployment of technology originally created to help new transit riders, riders using a new route, and riders with intellectual disabilities by embedding it in a popular mainstream open-source real-time information transit app OneBusAway. OneBusAway currently has over 300,000 existing users in seven cities, and, because it is open-source, new features can be added by the universities, transit agencies, and developers that participate in the project.  This project will address the most difficult skills for new transit riders to master – the real-time navigation process of recognizing an upcoming stop, requesting a stop, and exiting the bus.  Integrating the feature into OneBusAway avoids traditional sustainability pitfalls associated with products designed only for users with disabilities by making it relevant for all transit riders, including those with disabilities.  By leveraging an existing app with a sustainable model and support of an open-source community, transit riders with disabilities will finally have access to a key technology that enhances their quality of life and independence.