Archive for January, 2010

Marketing the Front Seat Mission


It’s always nice to head into a new year with a clear plan. That start of year clarity — before reality impinges and forces change — is so refreshing. At Front Seat, one of our top goals in 2010 is to build our marketing and community outreach capabilities into a full-time effort. And so I’m happy to announce our first ever search for a world-class Marketing Manager. The full job description is here, but the essence of the job is a wide open mandate to use skills in online, offline, and social media to expand the distribution of our web sites and to promote our mission.

We hope that you’ll apply or mention it to your superstar marketing friends.

Walk Score Update Adds NY Transit

Walk Score is live with the subway transit feed MTA released yesterday! Check out nearby subway stops for any New York City address. (Bus stops coming soon.)

We think this is the first app actually using the new data (get it here or here), so please shout out if you see any problems.

Open Data Milestone as MTA Relents

For the first time, a majority of all transit passenger-miles in the U.S. are now covered by transit agencies with open data. This follows the release of open GTFS feeds from New York’s MTA and represents the first “local jurisdiction” vertical within the burgeoning open data / civic software / Gov 2.0  movement that has made Open the “new normal” way of doing business.

With New York off the list, the new #1 transit agency with no open data is New Jersey Transit, followed by NE Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad, and Metro Atlanta RTA.

City-Go-Round lists 102 transit agencies with open data — a 50% increase since November, when Walk Score first added its public transit support with an open-only policy.

What do citizens get from this new data? Well, app searching on City-Go-Round is now fully functional for New York, and reveals 28 apps available to local riders. Check ’em out!

A big congratulations to MTA and the NY Open Transit Data group, who have worked hard to overcome the political, legal, and technical hurdles to opening up this civic resource for New Yorkers.