Brian Ferris has a problem. It's the kind of problem that people in his field dream of having. He has a hit mobile-device app that now has more than 50,000 subscribers, but he's also about to graduate with a Ph.D from UW and take a cush job at Google--meaning that the future of his app and the convenience of the thousands who use it is in jeopardy.
What's a brilliant computer programmer to do?
Ferris' app, OneBusAway, offers real-time public-transportation schedules that help people get from point A to point B. The app is free. It's great. You should download it.
I'm going to work for Google. Specifically, the Google Transit team...
What does that mean for you? My goal is that some day soon, you'll be getting all your transit info from Google...
In the meantime, we're not pulling the plug on OneBusAway the day I graduate. OneBusAway is NOT "abandoning Seattle". I'm doing everything in my power to make sure the lights stay on and while I can't say exactly what that will look like at this time, know that there are a number of options on the table and I'm confident we'll find a solution going forward.
Furthering the hope that someone will take over the OneBusAway reins, Ferris posted this on Twitter a little while ago:
So it would seem that Ferris has some kind of plan in the works to save the app. But in the meantime, concerned riders should please direct all complaints about stealing Seattle programming talent to: Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043.