Public transit systems play an important role in combating trafﬁc congestion, reducing carbon emissions, and promoting compact, sustainable urban communities. Unfortunately, riding the bus ins’t always a pleasant experience. I will talk about my work with OneBusAway, a suite of tools to improve the usability of public transit, with a focus on real-time information. I’ll talk about our experiences building the system, the user research that guides our work, and the impact OneBusAway is having on over 40k Puget Sound riders each week.
Brian Ferris is a PhD candidate in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. His research interests lie at the intersection of human-computer interaction, machine learning, and their application to problems of broader social impact, such as urban mobility. Ferris does not own a car and spends a lot of time waiting for and riding buses, which has left plenty of time for reflection on the issues surround public transit.
University of Washington, Sieg Hall 134.