Hi. I’m Dylan Saloner, cofounder of Via Analytics. I want to be the first to welcome you to our new website, and our blog. We’ve named it “Vialog” because we want it to become a hub for dialog on topics of interest to transit operators, technologists, and who knows – maybe even some passengers!
A group of fellow UC Berkeley grad students in the transportation-engineering department and I started Via Analytics a couple of years ago. You might think of us as computer nerds who have the additional obsession with solving problems faced by public transit companies. We discovered that the transit industry had, in many ways, been left behind by fast-moving technologies found in other markets, such as telecommunications, social media and enterprise software. Concepts such as software-as-a-service, free APIs, open source software, and hardware neutrality are rarely discussed in the industry. Instead, we see vendor lock-in, closed data, proprietary systems, and frankly lots of legacy, out-of-date platforms.
More egregious, there have been many developments in operations research, including real-time operations control, scheduling, and planning that have yet to make it into practice.
Our goal at Via Analytics is to create a new generation of software tools based on running commodity and cloud-based platforms, to help transit agencies run better for less money. We believe that by partnering with our clients with open data, APIs and business transparency, we can make transit work better for everyone.
Jump aboard – we’d love to have you come along for the ride – or even help drive!