OneBusAway Research

OneBusAway supports a variety of research at the University of Washington on improving the usability of public transportation. Our work is all open-source software so that others might reuse and build upon our efforts.


  • Watkins, K., Ferris, B., Borning, A., Rutherford, S., and Layton, D. (2011) "Where Is My Bus? Impact of mobile real-time information on the perceived and actual wait time of transit riders." Transportation Research Part A 45. 839–848.
  • Ferris, B. (2011) "OneBusAway: Improving the Usability of Public Transit."  PhD thesis, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington, 2011.
  • Ferris, B., Watkins, K., and Borning, A. (2011) "OneBusAway: Behavioral and Satisfaction Changes Resulting from Providing Real-Time Arrival Information for Public Transit." Proceedings of the 2011 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting.
  • Watkins, K., Ferris, B., and Rutherford, S. (2010) "Explore: An Attraction Search Tool for Transit Trip Planning."  Journal of Public Transportation. Vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 111-128. 2010.
  • Ferris, B., Watkins, K., and Borning, A. (2010) "Location-Aware Tools for Improving Public Transit Usability." IEEE Pervasive Computing. Vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 13-19. Jan-Mar 2010.
  • Ferris, B., Watkins, K., and Borning, A. (2009) "OneBusAway: A Transit Traveller Information System." Proceedings of Mobicase 2009. San Diego, CA, USA, October 26-29, 2009.


Thanks to Nokia Research Center, Google, and the National Science Foundation under Grants IIS-0705898 and CNS-0905384 for financially helping to support this project!