The MassDOT Developers Initiative is featured prominently in the latest StreetFilms Video titled “A Case for Open Data in Transit.” This film highlight’s MassDOT and the MBTA’s success in opening transportation data and the many ways that opening data spurs innovation and improves customer service.
As we posted last week, by opening real-time data the MBTA is answering the questions, "where's the bus?" Currently, real-time data is available for 135 of the MBTA's 185 bus routes with remaining routes going live in the coming weeks.
The MassDOT Developers Initiative builds on MassDOT and the MBTA's strategy of releasing data to software developers and other third parties who might interested in building applications with T data. Within just one hour of releasing data on five pilot bus routes last November, a developer had already found a way to build an application. Within two months more than one dozen applications had been created including websites, smartphone applications, SMS text message services, 617-phone numbers and even an LED sign. All of these applications were created at no cost to the MBTA.
If you are a software developer interested in building an app with the data please visit www.mass.gov/massdot/developers.
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MBTA Projects 12.8% Reduction in Energy Costs posted on May 4
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