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Re: Democratization of Data: Mass. Shares Transit Info
Posted by: Glen Johnson 2009-08-19 12:27:54
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Massachusetts is planning to "democratize the data" behind its public transportation network. It's providing software developers with all the coding and background data they will need to develop iPhone applications and other high-tech aids incorporating MBTA subway, bus, train and regional transit information. A restaurant owner, for example, could easily add official government data about the location and details of transit stops or bus schedules into a Web site about his business.

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Posted by: narthnib 2009-08-19 12:38:14 In reply to: Glen Johnson
With GPS/Cellular devices able to report back the coordinates of a vehicle, there could/should be a table in that database that can track the real-time location, direction and speed of travel, and predict the arrival time of transit vehicles at stops.

In Toronto, a clever programmer has made a route-planning tool at http://myttc.ca and this tool happens to be much more powerful than anything that the city has officially released.

Allowing potential customers to access the kind of information that will give them confidence in trying out a trip that they have never embarked upon before may serve to be an important marketing tool for transit operators to use to convince people who were sitting on the fence.

Safe, inexpensive, environmentally conscious, reliable, and now easier to use.
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