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Re: [Public-Transit-Data-Summit] Questions about transit data

From: Chris S.
Sent on: Thursday, October 8, 2009 7:47 AM

Welcome to the club, and please don't try to think too hard about why MTA does or does not do.

Its a question still being contemplated by trained existentialists.



On Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 1:46 PM, Justin S. Leitgeb <[address removed]> wrote:
On Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 1:07 PM, Nicholas Bergson-Shilcock
<[address removed]> wrote:
> Hey all,
> In preparation for writing up some more advocacy and guidance documents
> on open transit data, I thought I'd throw out a few questions to the
> group to get people's feelings about what's most important.

Hi Nicholas,

I'm the developer of an iPhone application that provides on-demand
access to alerts for subway lines in NY called SubwayDelay
( ?In order to develop this application, I first
had to write a back-end that aggregates emails sent out by the MTA and
then provides them in syndicated format to users of my app. ?I made
this data source available to other developers for free at

During the development of my application, I was perplexed as to why
the MTA didn't just provide access to a data source like this. ?It
would cost the MTA less to maintain than the emails and SMS messages
that they currently send out, and it would lower the barrier to entry
for developers to make innovative applications on top of their data.



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