Metro’s Developer Challenge Q&A Event

A Big Thanks for everyone who came out to the Kick-Off Event!!

We’re working on chopping up the video, converting the slide-deck, and transcribing the Q&A  — all will be online soon.

Metro Communications staff held a Kick-Off Event to spur interest in development of transit applications for web and mobile devices. Metro data and tech specialists encompassing ATMS, Operations Service Planning, metro.net, Trip Planner, and NextBus were on hand for a Q&A session covering real time bus arrival data, scheduling data in GTFS, Trip Planner data, and GIS data. The event was well attended and drew a diverse crowd of college students, app developers, transit enthusiasts, and professional entrepreneurs.

Q&A TRANSCRIPTS

Q&A / JUDGING PANEL

DOUGLAS ANDERSON
SR. DEPARTMENTAL SYSTEMS ANALYST, METRO CUSTOMER SERVICE
With a career spanning over 35 years, Douglas was the transit agency’s “technology evangelist” during its early days. Career highlights include being the project manager for the country’s first trip planner, the first GIS system for company use, and the first use of “open source” software for system development. Programming languages are a hobby for him, having coded in almost every programming language imaginable. Currently, Douglas does more system coding and is rewriting Metro/511 web services for developer use.

RAYMOND DANG
ENVIRONMENTAL GRAPHIC DESIGNER, METRO CUSTOMER ENVIRONMENTS
Raymond has worked on a variety of print, web, map, and information graphics projects. For over three years, his primary role at Metro is providing signage designs and wayfinding improvements for the Metro transit system and facilities. He is also an avid user of public transportation. Raymond holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Art Center College of Design.

MOHSEN FAHIM
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, NEXTBUS, INC.
Mohsen has been with NextBus, Inc. since 2006. He is responsible for overseeing the development of NextBus new product features, as well as project management of software and system engineers in delivering systems for mass transit agencies. Prior to NextBus, Moshen served as a principal consultant and software architect at various financial institutions, and Director of Technology/Software Engineer at Alysis Technology. Mohsen holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science and Mathematics.

DOUGLAS GOODWIN
LEAD DEVELOPER, METRO WEB CREATIVE SERVICES
Douglas, an award-winning systems designer and technology artist, currently works on the web-based systems at Metro where he designed and built the content management systems for metro.net including the application interface at api.metro.net. Before joining Metro, Doug served as co-founder & creative director of ecollege.com, where he designed the world’s first online university. Doug holds an MFA in experimental writing and integrated media from CalArts and a BFA in theater, and is adjunct professor at the California Institute of the Arts where he teaches classes in the history of algorithms and media.

AL MARTINEZ
SUPERVISING ENGINEER, METRO ATMS ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE
Al’s career at Metro spans over 14 years. His current role in Operations is overseeing the Advanced Transportation Management Systems (ATMS) unit responsible for the day-to-day operation and support of Metro’s 2,700+ bus fleet system. He is also a Parking & Transportation Commissioner with the City of Whittier. Prior to Metro, Al was a systems engineer at Caltrans where he was responsible for the development and integration of the fiber communications network, closed-circuit television, and the traffic systems used to manage freeway congestion from the Transportation Management Center. Al holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA.

SUSAN PHIFER
TRANSPORTATION PLANNING MANAGER IV, METRO PLANNING SERVICES
With degrees in architecture and operations research, Susan’s 30 year+ career in public transportation began on a lark as a bus operator. Since then, Susan has had roles in planning, Environmental Impact Reviews and ridership analysis. Susan’s current role is managing the schedule system exports for downstream uses including GTFS and Nextrip.