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Kurt Raschke

Kurt is an information technology professional and transit enthusiast interested in the use of technology to improve reliability, efficiency, and rider experience on mass transit.

Steps Needed for Integrating D.C. Patchwork of Transit Information and Technology

What’s next in the Washington D.C. region for OneBusAway — an open-source platform that consolidates transit data from multiple transit agencies? For starters, Mobility Lab will continue to work with transit agencies to improve the quality and quantity of open transit data in the region. For example, the WMATA API that we use to feed… Read more »

How OneBusAway Aims to Improve All Transit Apps

How can we help people navigate the dozens of transit agencies that serve the Washington region? Riders aren’t always aware of their options, and for app developers, getting data from multiple agencies is a challenge. One solution is OneBusAway, an open-source platform that consolidates transit data from multiple transit agencies. Mobility Lab invites interested people to join us this Saturday… Read more »

OneBusAway Demo App Offers Best Transit Info Yet for DC Users

I recently wrote here about our plans for regional transit data integration for the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area. Today, Mobility Lab’s able to share some of our initial progress with you. There are still many details to be worked out and hurdles to overcome, but we have set up a demonstration instance of OneBusAway (take a… Read more »

Without Open Data, It’s Like Transit Agencies “Don’t Exist”

At Mobility Lab’s event with Ray LaHood yesterday, the former U.S. Transportation Secretary said that transit agencies “should be required” to open their data to developers. For some agencies, this could be a major undertaking. But for agencies participating in Google Transit, it’s easy. They are already preparing their route and schedule information in the industry-standard GTFS format. You… Read more »

Transit Agencies Must Improve Service Through Technology

Transit in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. metropolitan area is complex. More than a dozen agencies serve the region, with overlapping service areas, conflicting stop numbering schemes, and uncoordinated schedules. For transit riders, it can be difficult to piece together intermodal journeys across the region because the information simply isn’t readily available. You can board an OmniLink bus in… Read more »