Accelerating Urban Innovation with Open Source

Lacuna makes open source transportation software adoption easy for cities.

  • Founded in 2018, Lacuna Technologies is a service provider that helps transportation agencies better manage the public right-of-way.

  • We serve cities and support transportation and public works agencies around the world in their goals to deliver mobility options for the varied needs of residents while remaining technology neutral and avoiding vendor lock.

  • We also support and actively participate in an open source software community focused on enabling modern urban mobility.

Our guiding belief

We believe that open source software provides a key pathway for cities to continue to lead, enable public-private collaboration, and manage the rapidly changing transportation ecosystem in a sustainable, equitable, and consistent way.

What We Do

Digital Mobility Infrastructure Services

Our team provides Digital Mobility Infrastructure Services, which includes the operation, integration, and support for open source systems in the service of transportation agencies and their residents.

By providing services such as systems integration, security hardening, and 24/7/365 support, combined with a privacy protective approach, Lacuna helps cities more easily and readily leverage available open source mobility software - such as the Mobility Data Specification (MDS), the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS), the General Bikeshare Feed Specification (GBFS), and emerging open mapping systems - to improve outcomes, reduce costs, and avoid vendor lock-in.

Our consultancy, Ellis & Associates, also provides Strategic Consulting and Technology & Program Delivery Services to help cities develop strategic plans around transportation technology and to deliver individual technology programs.

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Open Source & The Transportation Revolution

Open source software has been a key component of the technology ecosystem for decades.

Open source software has been a key component of the technology ecosystem for decades, helping bring benefits to enterprises and consumers alike. Historically, businesses have turned to open source software because it is less expensive, more flexible, and provides access to the latest innovations.

But open source also enables accelerated innovation. At a time when cities are moving rapidly to stay in-step with the dramatic rate of change spurred by private industry, they seek new ways to become more agile. Many cities also recognize this growing need for common interfaces, tools, and practices to better manage all forms of transportation and support the widest range of transportation technology providers.

Valuable open source tools continue to gain widespread adoption - the GTFS specification has been adopted by more than 1,000 transit agencies over the last decade, and the Mobility Data Specification (MDS), now used by over 70 cities. We understand that cities need more tools to manage the multitude of transportation options showing up on streets today; and to prepare for how surface, air, and subterranean modes will evolve in the future.

Lacuna enables cities to take full advantage of the inherent benefits of open source software - lower costs, high performance, and avoidance of vendor lock-in - while helping them achieve key standards around security, systems compatibility, uptime, and stability that are critical when managing the complex infrastructure for which transportation agencies responsible.

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