Over the past 4 years, public transit agencies all over the world are discovering the benefits of opening up their vehicle schedules and location feeds to third-party developers. The best known outcome of this can be found in the thousands of mobile apps developed for iPhone, Android and other systems.
The fact remains however, that there will always be situations where mobile-based info is less than optimal, which is why a smaller, but inventive group of developers have been looking into ways to convert ordinary video screens into full size transit information screens.
As far as I know, the first open source transit display was a version of the “Transit Appliance” based on the now-defunct “Chumby OS”.
But it was with the Raspberry Pi Microcomputer that this idea really started taking off!
In the process of documenting our own implementation, CarFree Maine has been documenting the status of every Open Transit Display project we can find on Github.
Feel free to submit a suggestion to the OpenTransit Project if you know of a project we are leaving out.
opentransitwiki - A pilot project to improve rural transit accessibility through open source software and hardware.