The best part about the launch is that you use OneBusAway on iOS, you can help! The starting information about bus stops comes from King County Metro’s database, but the system can also show more detailed information than is available from Metro. This detailed information can be verified or added to by anyone. So while you wait at the bus stop, you’ll be able to check to make sure the information provided is accurate and to add information about other helpful landmarks in the area. Any OneBusAway user can verify information without an account, but to add information, we request that you be logged in using your Google or Facebook account. (We don’t keep passwords or anything like that – we just use the “OpenAuth” service to let Google or Facebook authenticate your login.) Furthermore, users can contribute other helpful information like closed or moved bus stops, or whether a stop is well-lit for when you're traveling at night.
To get to StopInfo, once you are at the page that shows arrival times for a stop, press the “i” (information) icon at the upper right (as shown below). VoiceOver users can access this button, called "About this Stop" after the stop name.
For now, StopInfo is only available for the iPhone and only for King County Metro. You can discover this new feature by downloading the newest version update (2.2) in the App Store on iOS. We hope to expand both to other platforms and to other regions in the future!
StopInfo has been developed by UW Computer Science & Engineering students and staff Cindy Bennett, Caitlin Bonnar, Meg Campbell, and Aengus McMillan, with advice from Alan Borning. Many thanks to our partners at Metro for providing the initial database of information! Detailed research study information is here: http://stopinfo.pugetsound.onebusaway.org/. For questions or feedback, please use our contact form at http://stopinfo.pugetsound.onebusaway.org/contact_forms/new.