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.
Plan Ahead for Safe Holiday Travel! posted on Dec 22
MassDOT advises residents and visitors to travel safely during the upcoming holiday season, check our online resources, and use public transportation where possible. As always, I-90 Exit 9 connecting I-84 to Connecticut and New York experiences heavy traffic on peak holiday travel days. Drivers are …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for Safe Holiday Travel!
MBTA: Weekend Service on 3 Commuter Rail Lines Begins December 27 posted on Dec 19
The restoration of weekend Commuter Rail service on three lines will begin next Saturday, December 27. The Kingston/Plymouth and Greenbush lines will see the return of Saturday and Sunday service and the Needham Line will resume Saturday service after a two year absence. “MassDOT is …Continue Reading MBTA: Weekend Service on 3 Commuter Rail Lines Begins December 27
Fairhaven Bike Train Program Recognized posted on Dec 18
The Town of Fairhaven was recognized alongside the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program by Cape Cod’s NPR station, WCAI, for their bike train program. A bike train is a fun way for elementary and middle school students to get to school while being …Continue Reading Fairhaven Bike Train Program Recognized