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Posted By Joshua Robin, Director of Innovation, MBTA

This week, the MBTA took the next step in helping bus riders answer the question, "where's the bus?" Building on General Manager Richard Davey's commitment to unlock real-time bus information this summer, the MBTA began releasing data for 118 bus routes in addition to the 17 that already have data. Now, real-time data is available for 135 of the MBTA's 185 bus routes. The full list of routes with real-time data is after the break.

This release will allow bus riders on these routes to access real-time information on bus locations and arrival predictions for all bus stops. Data will be accessible through 3rd party applications. Popular applications include:

Catch the Bus for iPhone and Android-  http://www.catchthebusapp.com/

MassTransit for iPhone-  http://www.sparkfishcreative.com/apps.html

BostonBusMap for Android-  http://www.citygoround.org/apps/bostonbusmap/

AnyStop for Android- http://anystopapp.com/

myTransit for iPhone-  http://www.livespark.com/TTracker/Overview.html

SMS service Just Hop On- www.justhopon.com

Many other applications can be found by searching "MBTA" in your phone's app store.

Please comment on this blog post to let us know which app is your favorite and to report any issues with the accuracy of predictions.

This release builds on MassDOT and the MBTA's strategy of releasing data to software developers and other 3rd 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.

In June, MBTA General Manager Richard Davey announced that data would be available for all routes by the end of this summer. Bus routes with real-time data have been announced in stages with the remaining routes being rolled out in the coming weeks.

If you are a software developer interested in building an app with the data please visit www.mass.gov/massdot/developers.  The full list of route numbers with real-time data follows. 

Routes with real-time data: SL4, CT1, CT2, CT3, 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10,
11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32,
33, 34, 34E, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52,
55, 57, 60, 62, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 70A, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75,
76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94,
95, 96, 97, 99, 100, 104, 105, 106, 109, 110, 111, 112, 114, 116, 117,
132, 134, 136, 137, 170, 171, 191, 192, 193, 194, 245, 325, 326, 350,
351, 352, 355, 501, 502, 503, 504, 554, 555, 556, 558.

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