Today the Times featured a front page, above the fold story about OneBusAway. Most of the story is essentially about how awesome it is, which most OBA users already know, but at the end of the story is some new and uncertain news.
The timing couldn’t be worse, but now the future of OneBusAway is in limbo.
Ferris will finish his Ph.D. next month then work for Google at its Zurich, Switzerland, office, with a team that works on transit and direction services.
Local supporters are looking for ways to keep the project going. King County is talking to companies about contracts to support and extend the project.
At the UW, Dorning hopes to raise enough money from transit agencies and others to hire a part-time developer to maintain the system.
“An extremely high priority is to make sure it keeps running — we need to figure it out,” Dorning said.
In a way, the project will continue in Zurich, where Ferris hopes to keep working on it while building more tools to help people find and use all kinds of transportation.
“My goal,” he said, “is to go to Google and do this worldwide.”