Transit Now wins grant, now seeks matching funds

Transit Now Nashville is seeking $14,000 to begin work helping the Metro Transit Authority build an application programming interface (API) — technology infrastructure the city's transit system needs to implement a mobile software application that will show a user a bus route status in real time.

"As long as they have a browser and access to the Internet, riders won't have to wait in the rain — making the entire process more efficient," said Dave Keiser, a Transit Now board member and volunteer.

"I haven't run across a single person who thought this was a bad idea," Keiser added.

The nonprofit Transit Now, in partnership with MTA, has already received a $56,000 grant, having applied for the monies earlier this year.

For the API, a software developer will be hired and the technology fully implemented later this year assuming the $14,000 match is raised. An Oct. 19 fundraiser is slated to jumpstart the effort. Other fundraising events are planned, one for Oct. 30 at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. Details to follow.