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ALL aboard! The reboot, a presentation of MTA's Bus Time & NYC DOT data.

Several years ago, this meetup led the effort to open up the MTA's transit data. Just a few years later, it is as if we are in a different city. Not only has the MTA embraced developers and open data, but they are actively producing real time APIs to get New Yorkers moving on subways and buses.

This reboot of the Open Transportation Meetup will build off of our initial efforts and explore the 21st century’s transportation opportunities.

We will have two presentations:

Mike Frumin, MTA, discussing the MTA’s Bus Time API. This is a real-time API to track all MTA Buses in NYC.

Neil Freeman, NYC DOT, talking about current and upcoming data sets. Feel free to ask them how to use their data, and make your requests for future data sets.

Afterward, we will have an open mic for a few brief demos. You can use this time to connect with other developers and collaborate on some great projects - we are eager to see what you create! If you want to present, please contact sarahkaufman /at/ nyu /dot/ edu.

- Sarah, Cate, and Noel


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If you'd like to host the next Meetup, thanks! Please email the co-organizers at sarahkaufman /at/ nyu /dot/ edu.

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  • doug k.

    Too bad i missed this. NJ Transit just rolled out a real time facility for their buses in Northern NJ for the web

    and a text-only version suitable for mobile

    So far, they don't have an API for developers, although
    they have released Google Transit Feed Specification Data for several years; usually on a Friday. The terms of their licensing agreement is that any developer must update their application within 3 days of the release of new data (in other words, you have to pay someone to work over the weekend because their data is usually a mess).

    1 · June 30, 2014

  • Sarah K.

    In addition, for those of you interested in transportation innovations, please join us for Short Talks, Big Ideas at the NYU Rudin Center, where we'll discuss cutting-edge mapping, public involvement, transit fares, data and more; you'll have a chance to hear eight brief ideas you may not have known already, and speak one-on-one with the presenters in the post-discussion networking session. Register (free) here:

    March 6, 2013

  • Sarah K.

    Thanks to everyone who attended! If you didn't receive the recap that just went out, please reply here with your email address and I'll send it along.

    March 6, 2013

  • Ellyn S.

    Cate, Sarah and Noel, thank you so much for the great meetup last night. Very interesting people, presentations and questions. If anyone is interested in recieving a copy of our report: The MTA in the Age of Big Data; Transforming data into accessible, meaningful, and interective information, please send me an mail me at: [masked], we plan to have it out next week!

    1 · February 27, 2013

  • Joel N.

    Most successful reboot! Great speakers, great venue, great organizers, and a diverse group of attendees.
    Looking forward to the great innovations that this group will undoubtedly produce.

    1 · February 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      agreed good stuff!

      February 27, 2013

  • Richard D.

    Great presentations by knowledgeable speakers. A little more time for questioning the primary speakers would've been nice, but overall a great forum to share important ideas and information.

    1 · February 27, 2013

  • Francisco O.

    very informative and people have commitment to event - a good diverse group of people - welcoming place

    could some tell me the like to the What it ?? - tweet project (from the announcements )

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    quality meetup, speakers added real value, attendants are execution focused

    February 27, 2013

  • noel h.

    Thank you so much for attending!!!

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • Mala H.

    Awesome! Great people, lots of new information, and delicious pizza!

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last minute change of plans, hopefully this means someone else can attend!

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something came up and I can not attend.

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to see more image data available via an API. Examples would be images of the artwork in the system as well as construction images.

    February 26, 2013

  • Geert D.

    Meet, socialize and network tonight with Noel, Sarah and many others at the meetup. It is one of the most popular events in NYC today!

    We built an easy-to browse/search page for/with all attendees:

    Happy networking! 

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • fkh

    Looking forward to hearing what's coming from NYCDOT!

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Jacob P.

    Opening a slot...

    February 18, 2013

  • Chris W.

    Hello Everyone.

    1 · February 5, 2013

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