To Share or Not to Share? The Great Transit Data Debate

Some transit agencies keep it under wraps, while others share it widely. Three cities in the U.S. show how the availability of transit arrival data is a wild frontier.
August 27, 2009, 11am PDT | Nate Berg
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"How likely is it that the arrival and departure information will be available on a site or service other than the official one? That depends on how open your local agency is. In some metro areas, transit agencies make data--routes, schedules, and even real-time vehicle location feeds--available to developers to mash into whatever applications they wish. In others, the agencies lock down their information, claiming it may not be reused without permission or fee."

New York's MTA is claiming copyright over its data. San Francisco is now writing data accessibility into its contracts. Portland is the most open of all.

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Published on Monday, August 24, 2009 in CNET
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