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

MassDOT Announces Online Comment Tool for Capital Investment Plan posted on Jan 23

MassDOT Announces Online Comment Tool for Capital Investment Plan

MassDOT today announced the opening of its online comment tool that enables members of the public to easily provide input and suggestions on potential transportation projects to be included in the agency’s upcoming five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP). Following last year’s successful public input process   …Continue Reading MassDOT Announces Online Comment Tool for Capital Investment Plan

MassDOT Presented with National Award for Burns Bridge Project posted on Jan 23

MassDOT Presented with National Award for Burns Bridge Project

MassDOT today was presented with the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) Public Works Project of the Year Award for the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Replacement Project.  The $144 million project fully replaced the old Burns Bridge over Lake Quinsigamond and links Shrewsbury to Worcester.   …Continue Reading MassDOT Presented with National Award for Burns Bridge Project

Public Heliport Task Force Announced posted on Jan 21

Public Heliport Task Force Announced

Members of the Massachusetts Legislature from Boston, City of Boston government and elected officials, along with MassDOT and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development today announced the formation of a Task Force that will seek public input and hear from industry experts, transportation   …Continue Reading Public Heliport Task Force Announced