The U.S. Department of Transportation this week singled out the MBTA as among those transit agencies leading the way nationally in facilitating smart phone transit apps that provide customers with real-time information about bus and train location and arrival.
A USDOT "FastLane" blog article entitled, "Transit Apps Empower Riders with Information," says more people use public transportation when they have access to more accurate information about the location and arrival time of the next bus or train. Yet its review of 276 transit agencies found just 15 that offer riders real-time information about the next arrival. It provides the MBTA as one example:
"Boston's MBTA had one solution. They discovered that opening the data from their system to the public actually reduced their own costs because app developers and everyday citizens took the data and designed ways to make it useful to riders. One coffee shop actually has installed a real-time countdown sign that tells customers when the next train is due at a nearby station."
Read the entire article on the USDOT FastLane blog. And visit the MBTA App Showcase to check out the latest apps built by independent developers at no cost to the T that help customers know where the next bus or train is located and when it will arrive.
RMV: Boston Haymarket Center Opening Celebrated posted on Sep 23
Transportation Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey and Registrar of Motor Vehicles Celia J. Blue joined fellow MassDOT leaders, along with state and local officials, to celebrate the opening of the Commonwealth’s new flagship Registry of Motor Vehicles branch in Boston, Haymarket Center. “MassDOT is …Continue Reading RMV: Boston Haymarket Center Opening Celebrated
MBTA Map Crowdsourcing Cited for Planning Innovation posted on Sep 23
The MBTA crowdsourcing contest to invite graphic designers to help redesign the T System Map is currently featured as the lead Innovative Project by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program. The Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program assists decision makers and transportation …Continue Reading MBTA Map Crowdsourcing Cited for Planning Innovation
Springfield I-91 Viaduct Project Moves Forward posted on Sep 23
MassDOT announced that the project to rehabilitate the bridge deck on the elevated portion of Interstate 91 in Springfield is moving forward and being advertised for bids. The I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project will replace the existing deck of the bridge, which is in poor condition. …Continue Reading Springfield I-91 Viaduct Project Moves Forward