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    The Transit Map project is an effort whose goal is to make transit information both as useful and as useable as a roadmap is to a car driver. It focuses on timetable-based services like those provided by most public transit agencies (for example, the bus).

    While many of our efforts incorporate realtime or dynamic data in some way, the ultimate purpose is to produce static information sets along with their human interface. This distinction between information and interface is crucial to the project. For any user's given purpose or intent in using public transit, there is a set of information that is both necessary and entirely sufficient to accomplish that purpose or intent. In order to access that information, the user must retrieve it through an interface.

    More formally, by "information" we mean tokens of knowledge or fact; and by "interface" we mean the display of information (whether interactive or not) through which a user accesses and retrieves information. Together the information and the interface should allow the user to form "understanding," which we have defined as a collection of information which is sufficient to confidently accomplish an intent.

    The general requirements for the information sets are not well defined, at this point.

    The general requirements for an information interface are:
    • Allow rapid retrieval of desired information
    • Provide different entry points for users with different preexisting levels of understanding
    • Standardize the presentation across agencies (i.e., any agency should be presentable in the same form)
    • Compressible to a summary form, which can be printed, viewed on mobile devices, and communicated through text

We intend to accomplish our goals through a series of case studies and experiments, writing software which explores and proves concepts until a unified product is formed.