More Transit Agencies Opening Up Their Data

Adam DuVander, August 2nd, 2010

We’ve been following the trend of transit agencies providing developer access to timetables, routes and more for some time. Big cities, like New York and Boston are on board and helping fuel new transit applications. There now seems to be more momentum, with organizations and influencers making the call for open data.

StreetFilms talked to some of these people, several within transit companies themselves, and created A Case for Open Data (embedded below). One particular case study shows just how fast developers started in on projects when Boston made its data available.

“If you take the model of the national weather service and apply it to the transit agencies you realize you can have just as many ways to get transit information as you do to get weather information. And the beauty of it is that it’s no cost to the transit agencies.”
Chris Dempsey, Massachusetts Department of Transportation

When we profiled the developer who is trying to open transit data earlier this year, City-Go-Round showed 91 agencies with public data. The number has crept to 114 now, but there are still 695 that are closed.

But it’s a good sign when big metros get behind open transit data. New York not only opened its data this year, but it also hosted a developer unconference, hosted in Google’s New York offices.

via Jehiah

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