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Developers Apps Image Developers are moving quickly to release applications that show real-time Orange, Red, and Blue Line information, less than two weeks after Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray announced the availability of real-time train location and arrival information for the MBTA's Orange, Red, and Blue Lines.  The information provides MBTA riders with an answer to where there train is and when it will arrive.

By releasing this data, the MBTA gave innovative software developers the tools they needed to build applications and service to put this information in the hands of riders.  Below are four applications already launched through a number of different applications and websites.

CatchtheT for iPhone: http://www.catchthet.com/
BostonBusMap for Android: http://www.citygoround.org/apps/bostonbusmap/
MBTAinfo for Mobile Web (this works great on BlackBerry!): www.mbtainfo.com
Excursion Boston for iPhone: http://www.excursionboston.com/index.htm

In addition to these four applications, more than one dozen applications using MBTA real-time bus or trip planning information are available at www.mbta.com/apps, a resource for MBTA riders looking for real-time information. 

Through the widely popular open data initiative, software developers have been allowed to build applications and websites to put this information in the hands of MBTA customers.  Given access to a feed of train locations in real time, the public now has the same information that MBTA subway dispatchers use for monitoring the movements of all trains on the busy Red, Blue, and Orange Lines.  Subway trains make 1100 daily trips on the three lines, and serve 53 different stations.

Less than one year ago, MassDOT launched the first phase of its open data initiative by releasing real-time information for five bus routes. The data released to software developers included real-time GPS locations of buses and arrival countdown information for every bus route. Within just one hour of releasing this data, a developer built an application showing real-time bus positions. Within two months, more than a dozen applications had been created including websites, smart phone applications, SMS text message services, and 617-phone numbers. All of these applications were created at no cost to MassDOT or the MBTA.

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