MassDOT today announced the MassDOT Developers Real-Time Challenge. The Challenge calls on developers to create both software applications and physical installations using a real-time feed of MBTA bus locations and arrival predictions with the goal of making this information available anywhere, anytime. The challenge has two categories, with a $500 cash prize for the winner in each and recognition at a March event.
• Software Applications Challenge: This challenge calls on developers to create applications using the MBTA Real-Time XML Trial Feed accessible through the internet, mobile phones, land-line phones, text messages, software applications and any widely accessible software platform. Examples include: smartphone applications, web applications, websites, computer applications, SMS services, and phone-based IVR systems.
• Physical Installation Challenge: This challenge calls on developers to create physical installations making information from the MBTA Real-Time XML Trial Feed accessible in public locations. These solutions must be installed along at least one of the five MBTA Routes for which the feed is available on non-MBTA property. Examples include: LED countdown signs in businesses or other locations along the route, LCD countdown signs in businesses or other locations along the routes, bus arrival indicators, physical signs informing users of the existence of real-time data through the phone or on the web, or the inclusion of the MBTA real-time bus information in existing installations along the MBTA Bus routes. Rules and FAQ are here.
The Challenge begins today, and applications and installations can be submitted through March 19, 2010.
The challenge requires that developers use real-time information provided through the MassDOT Developers page. Pilot MBTA bus routes with real-time information included 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. Access the feed here.
The Real-Time Challenge builds on MassDOT’s 2009 Developer Challenge and Conference which spurred the creation of more than six applications using the MBTA’s trip planning data. Together, the efforts further MassDOT's historic step toward openness and transparency through creation of the MassDOT Developers Page in the summer of 2009.
MassDOT Highway Administrator Tinlin Statement on Vehicle Struck by Manhole Cover posted on Feb 12
MassDOT Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin issued the following statement regarding a vehicle being struck this morning by a metal manhole cover on I-93 southbound near the exit of the O’Neill Tunnel in Boston: “Our sympathy goes out to the family of the victim involved in …Continue Reading MassDOT Highway Administrator Tinlin Statement on Vehicle Struck by Manhole Cover
Presidents’ Day Holiday Services Update posted on Feb 11
MassDOT encourages motorists to travel safely during the upcoming Presidents’ Day weekend and be aware of service changes caused by the Monday holiday. The Boston-Quincy I-93 HOV lane Northbound and Southbound will not be open on Monday, February 15. Travelers should be aware of possible …Continue Reading Presidents’ Day Holiday Services Update
Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh Announce Joint Community Redevelopment Venture in Downtown Boston posted on Feb 9
Today as part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s “Open for Business” Real Estate Asset Leveraging (REAL) Strategy, Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced a joint state and city venture with Veolia North America to explore the strategic redevelopment of the Massachusetts Department …Continue Reading Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh Announce Joint Community Redevelopment Venture in Downtown Boston