Transports Publics Genevois (TPG) Launches Real-Time Open Data API and Competition

Janet Wagner, September 12th, 2013

Transports Publics Genevois TPGTransports Publics Genevois (TPG), the primary public transportation system operator of the Geneva area, Switzerland, has officially launched the TPG Real-Time Open Data API which provides programmatic access to real-time, hourly TPG data such as commercial stops, traffic information and next departures.

45 Transit APIs: Yahoo Traffic, SMSMyBus and BART

Wendell Santos, February 14th, 2012

Yahoo TrafficOur API directory now includes 45 transit APIs. The newest is the Metro Transit NexTrip API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Yahoo Traffic API. We list 20 Yahoo Traffic mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of transit APIs.

Transit Hackers Take Philly for a Ride

Tim Lytle, November 17th, 2011

SEPTA On a cool morning a group of hackers slowly filter into a downtown Philadelphia storefront. The whiteboard wall quickly fills up, as a few work on finding an accurate way to track the progress of a single chosen bus line. With phone in hand, others build systems providing schedules and stops via SMS and voice. A few keystrokes and another starts tracking the positions of trains, while across the the room, transportation information flickers across a screen, controlled simply by a pair of hands moving through the air.

New York Contest Aims to Improve Transit Experience

Justin Houk, July 18th, 2011

MTAThe Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York State (MTA) recently announced a new apps contest called MTA App Quest. The contest is designed to promote apps that cover a much broader system than just New York City and spark interest around the MTA API and newly released datasets. The MTA App Quest is the latest chapter in the MTA’s transformation from a relatively closed agency to one that is embracing open transit data.

Wisconsin Transit Tracker Costs Developer Only $75 For One Year

Romin Irani, March 2nd, 2011

SMSMyBusOne of the key rules of having any service online is the ability to measure everything. Metrics like number of users, requests, where the requests originate, most frequently requested data and many more play an important role in not only fine tuning your services but also give a good measure of what it is going to cost you to run your online business as you scale up. SMSMyBus, a mobile telephone application that lets you find real time bus arrivals for the Madison Metro (WI) has just completed a year of existence and has published a report exactly of that.

Voting Begins for New York City’s BigApps 2.0

Justin Houk, February 11th, 2011

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has announced the opening of public voting for the NYC BigApps 2.0 Competition. The big apple has wasted no time in following last year’s successful competition with 350 datasets from over 40 agencies. From the looks of the apps, the NYC tech community is already fired up about the competition.

New York City Touts Its API on Subway Advertisements

Adam DuVander, February 3rd, 2011

MTARiders on New York City subways are subject to all sorts of sights. For several months, that has included prominent advertisements for the MTA API, the developer program of New York City’s transit company. The ad (pictured below) includes the headline, “Our apps are whiz kid certified.”

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.

Realtime Underground Feed Released Then Removed

Adam DuVander, July 6th, 2010

Sometimes there’s just too much interest in open data. The Greater London Authority has temporarily pulled its feed of the Underground due to “overwhelming demand.” The service gave locations of every subway train in the city updating in nearly realtime.

Google To Host First Ever Transit Developer Unconference in NYC

Adam DuVander, April 27th, 2010

Google MapsOnce the largest transit agency without open data, New York City’s MTA embraced developers by making its data feed available to all. Now it’s going a step further by organizing an unconference for developers. Further, the event will be hosted at the New York offices of Google, a long supporter of open transit data.

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