Assisting New Transit Riders, including those with Disabilities, via an App Designed for All

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.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $65000
    • Contract Numbers:

      CTEDD 017-05

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      University of Texas at Arlington

      Box 19308
      Arlington, TX  United States  76019-0308

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      University of Texas at Arlington

      Box 19308
      Arlington, TX  United States  76019-0308
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of South Florida, Tampa

      3650 Spectrum Boulevard, Suite 160
      Tampa, FL  United States  33612
    • Principal Investigators:

      Barbeau, Sean

    • Start Date: 20170701
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180630
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01660109
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Transportation, Equity, Decisions and Dollars
    • Contract Numbers: CTEDD 017-05
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Feb 14 2018 10:21AM