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.