Post Content

MBTA mbtaapps2 The Center for Future Civic Media at MIT will host the MBTA Data Hackathon on January 29-30.  The Hackathon will focus on building innovative applications with data released on the MassDOT Developers Page.  To RSVP for the MBTA Data Hackathon at MIT, please click here.

The beta MassDOT Developers Page, launched in July 2009, is intended to serve as a resource to software developers interested in working with MassDOT’s data.  Data released through the Developers page includes MBTA and RTA route and schedule data, an RSS feed for MBTA service alerts, Highway Division planned construction event data, RMV branch wait time feeds, and a variety of other information.  Third-party developers have used this data to create applications that benefit users of the transportation system, all at no cost to the MBTA. 

At the MassDOT Developers Conference in November 2009, MassDOT released a Real-Time XML Trial feed for five MBTA Bus Routes. The feed, available at the MassDOT Developers Page, 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 can access the feed and incorporate the real-time information into and application that help MBTA customers know the actual location and real-time estimated arrival of their bus.

The MBTA Data Hackathon will be focused around projects including:

•    A simple, clean web interface for accessing real-time bus location data
•    Constructing a kit that helps business owners set up their own LED scrollboards that display when the next bus is coming
•    A text messaging interface for retrieving schedule information
•    And, of course, anything else you can think up!

Details, directions, and to RSVP, are here.

Written By:

Recent Posts

North Side Commuter Rail Schedule Implementation Postponed posted on Nov 25

North Side Commuter Rail Schedule Implementation Postponed

  MassDOT and the MBTA announced the recently revised North Side Commuter Rail schedules will not be implemented until spring 2016. The revision of Commuter Rail schedules is a critical element of MassDOT and the MBTA’s efforts to deliver safe, reliable, on-time service to Commuter   …Continue Reading North Side Commuter Rail Schedule Implementation Postponed

Travel Safely for Thanksgiving! posted on Nov 24

Travel Safely for Thanksgiving!

MassDOT encourages Thanksgiving holiday travelers to plan ahead with high traffic volume on our highways and at Boston Logan International Airport expected again this year. Highways are typically busiest on the Tuesday and Wednesday before and on the Sunday after the holiday.  Heavy traffic congestion   …Continue Reading Travel Safely for Thanksgiving!

Springfield: I-91 Viaduct Project Public Meeting Set posted on Nov 23

Springfield: I-91 Viaduct Project Public Meeting Set

MassDOT has scheduled a Public Information Meeting for the I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project as follows: Tuesday, December 8, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Basketball Hall of Fame, Theater, 1000 Hall of Fame Avenue, Springfield Please join MassDOT for an update on the major construction and   …Continue Reading Springfield: I-91 Viaduct Project Public Meeting Set