Post Content

MassDOT today announced the winners of the 2009 MassDOT Developers Challenge at the first annual MassDOT Developers Conference.  The Challenge inspired developers to create both mobile phone applications and data visualizations based on open data feeds provided on the MassDOT Developers Page.

MassDOT also announced the release of a Real-Time XML Trial Feed of MBTA bus locations on five of the MBTA’s most popular bus routes.  The feed includes data for bus route 39 which serves Jamaica Plain, the Longwood Medical Area, and Back Bay in Boston; and bus routes 111, 114, 116, and 117 which serve Haymarket Station, East Boston, Chelsea, and Revere.  Developers will be able to access the feed and incorporate the real-time information into mobile phone and web-based applications that help MBTA customers know the actual location and estimated arrival of their bus.

The winner of the Application Challenge was the MassTransit iPhone application, built by Cambridge-based Sparkfish Creative (http://www.sparkfishcreative.com/masstransit/).  The winner of the best Data Visualization was James Kebinger, for his artistic representation titled “MBTA in Motion” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6Ye1AvMGtY). The Challenge winners receive a CharlieCard valid for one year of free travel on MBTA buses and rapid transit.

Second place in the Application Challenge went to OpenMBTA, a free and open source iPhone application that helps users navigate the MBTA’s system (http://iphonembta.org/).  Second place in the Visualization Challenge was awarded to a team of three local residents, for their work, “A Day in the Life of the MBTA”.

The Conference built on MassDOT’s historic step toward openness and transparency through creation of the MassDOT Developers Page.  MassDOT previously reached out to developers, holding a developers’ meeting and engaging the community through Twitter and Google Groups, and hopes to expand its data and incorporate more information in real-time.  More information is available at the MassDOTDevelopers Page.

Written By:

Recent Posts

Concord: New MBTA Commuter Rail Bridge to Roll into Place This Weekend posted on Aug 28

Concord: New MBTA Commuter Rail Bridge to Roll into Place This Weekend

As part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line, the MBTA is replacing the old railroad bridge over Route 62/Main Street in Concord with a new bridge to be rolled into place Saturday, August 29. The current bridge has low clearance and   …Continue Reading Concord: New MBTA Commuter Rail Bridge to Roll into Place This Weekend

Knowledge Corridor: New Holyoke Train Station Celebrated posted on Aug 27

Knowledge Corridor: New Holyoke Train Station Celebrated

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack today joined Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse along with state and local officials to celebrate the opening of the new $4.3 million Holyoke Train Station on the Knowledge Corridor and restoration of Amtrak Vermonter Line   …Continue Reading Knowledge Corridor: New Holyoke Train Station Celebrated

MBTA Winter Resiliency Update: Red Line, Orange Line posted on Aug 26

MBTA Winter Resiliency Update: Red Line, Orange Line

Beginning Saturday, August 29th, and continuing on selected weekends through the remainder of the summer, Red Line service between JFK/UMass and Quincy will be temporarily suspended to allow workers to make the subway more resilient to harsh winter weather conditions. On weekends when workers will   …Continue Reading MBTA Winter Resiliency Update: Red Line, Orange Line