HD WRITINGS


I ride the bus, build websites and software and live in Peterborough, Canada. These are personal writings about lots of different things and thoughts are my own.


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Things transit and public transportation in Peterborough.


#3 Why we brightened up our logo for June.
Peterborough, Ontario.
June 7th, 2018.

People have been asking why we brightened up our logo this month. Some are curious, some appreciate it, some dislike it, and that's ok. Here's why I insisted on it.

When I first started Transit One, my hope was inclusion and accessibility. Creating community, opportunity, better quality of life, and access to what's important was and still is greatly important to me. Regardless of who you are, where you come from and what you do, you should have access to where you live. June being Pride month is a great opportunity not only for us but also for other organisations to re-affirm their committments to inclusion. We understand that our fellow riders in Peterborough are made up of amazing, unique and incredible people of all colors, abilities, shapes, backgrounds! We wanted a way to reflect what drives us to be better both at work and in our work.

You are welcome here and you are awesome as you are.

- Husayn

#2 Why the City's new project could be a great thing for transit.
Peterborough, Ontario.
May 28th, 2018.

Before we all jump to conclusion on why the city is spending $1m+ on an app, it's important to understand what the city is getting for it's money. Like many, I don't know the specifics yet, I do know that an app with real-time bus location information is a small part of it. The rest of the technology, while behind the scenes is instrumental in helping the city build and understand transit. Many have asked me what becomes of my work? Full speed ahead! I have outlined why I built Transit One in my last post (below), feel free to check it out and you'll know why.

I'm excited to hear that City of Peterborough and Peterborough Transit are taking steps to understand and grow transit in Peterborough. The simple task of aiming higher and wanting better is always a positive step. My hope is that the results bring great benefits for the residents of Peterborough, especially those using or considering transit.

Depending on the level of control and understanding the city has over this kind of new purchase, this could be hugely beneficial to the growth of technology in the city. I hope the resulting tools will be accessible to innovation, tourism, service sectors and more to build for engagement, growth, and connectedness whether through systems like open data or others. I hope that whatever provider/partner is considered, is dynamic, flexible and adaptable enough to grow with our needs as a growing city both with ability and size without having to consider an entire new system sooner than needed. While I do not know the specifics of the partnership or nature of the project, I whole-heartedly welcome advancements that benefit residents and give better accessibility to the city.

I welcome any opportunities to work together with the City and the region to grow and build transit to be a greater considered form of transportation for everyone regardless or why they use it or what they use it for.

- Husayn

#1 Why I started Transit One.
Peterborough, Ontario.
May 25th, 2018.

I started Transit One to be more than just 'an app' provider. The company is built around making public transportation more accessible to people in the city, regardless of age, ability, social status and more. There is a huge stigma around who uses transit, on service and understanding the potential of transit for local business, employment and growth of the city. I'm super keen to tackle 3 key areas:

  1. Tools and Information: putting the effective ones in the hands of riders and potential riders
  2. Advocacy and Education: continuing to and working alongside the amazing people in the city in fighting for better transit, empowering local business and services to grow and work with local employers to fight transit ignorance and discrimination
  3. Positive Engagement: and empowerment around transit

Being a local company, it's hugely important to me to understand the local environment, local business and local challenges to build tools and services that are useful.

- Husayn