With the new Maps in iOS 6, Apple is relying on third-party apps for public transportation, and thankfully there’s an organization that wants to help fill the gap.
OpenPlans is a nonprofit based in New York City that builds open-source apps for cities, and it wants to help iOS users with an open transit app. The group hopes to raise $25,000 on Kickstarter to build the app to help iOS users get around in major cities in North America. The current plan is to build the app for users in major cities in the U.S. and Canada, with cities in other countries considered after the team meets the goal.
An open maps app that help with transit is nice, but what’s also cool is that it will incorporate more than just subways and buses. The app will also help users find the best routes combining walking, biking, and public transportation. It will also include services like bike shares so users can find the best ways to get to places using rented bikes as well.
OpenPlan’s transit app will cover major cities in the on the East Coast like New York, Boston, Washington D.C., and Miami as well as West Coast cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle. A few Midwest cities are also planned including Chicago, Denver, and Dallas. The preliminary coverage map is right here.
Any pledge of $5 or more will give the backer a free copy of the app. Other backer rewards include posters of transit data, early access to the app, pins, and decals. To make the pledges even more appealing, they’re all tax-deductible.