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.
MBTA: Weekend Commuter Boat Service Returns May 28 posted on May 26
MassDOT weekend commuter boat service will be provided for the third year between Hingham, Hull, Georges Island, Grape Island and Boston. The service begins Memorial Day weekend and will continue through the Labor Day weekend. “Commuter ferry service on the weekends during the two previous …Continue Reading MBTA: Weekend Commuter Boat Service Returns May 28
Boston: Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Project Community Meeting posted on May 26
MassDOT has scheduled a community meeting for the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Reconstruction Project as follows: Thursday, June 2, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Jacob Sleeper Auditorium (CGS 129), Boston University, 871 Commonwealth Avenue. The Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Reconstruction Project will replace the existing superstructure …Continue Reading Boston: Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Project Community Meeting
Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel posted on May 24
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is observed during Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel