Data Sharing Seen as Crucial to the Future of Public Transit

When civic leaders from around the world gathered for Vancouver's 2012 Cities Summit last week, urban transport was on everyone's lips, and information sharing was seen as the key to unlocking future successes.
February 9, 2012, 1pm PST | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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Fortuitously, as Alexis Stoymenoff reports, for cities and transportation agencies strapped for funding, improvements to transit systems can be made relatively simply, with better use of information that is already at hand.

"By opening up data collected by different municipal departments and agencies, cities can offer new and creative services (like transit apps) with little cost to taxpayers."

According to Gordon Feller, Director of Cisco Systems' Urban Innovations program, "It's not something that the city has to spend money to develop. Third parties will develop it, and the city can take advantage of it."

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Published on Thursday, February 2, 2012 in Vancouver Observer
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