Past Meetup

Transportation Tech in Baltimore

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Interested in open data, software, mapping, and transportation? Come join us in Charm City! The Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) ( is providing us a meeting space in conjunction with the 2015 ACT International Conference. ( (You do not need to register for the conference in order to attend our meetup, but please do RSVP via this site.) We'll be in the Frederick/Columbia room of the Hyatt Regency ( Doors open at 6:05 with pizza and drinks courtesy of our sponsor, Arlington, VA's Mobility Lab ( Presentations start at 6:30; we'll wrap up by 8:30. We invite folks to mingle afterwards until 9:00.

Here's our lineup:

• Jaime McKay from Central Maryland Regional Transit ( will show how GTFS Builder helps Maryland expand open data.

• Michael Walk from the Maryland Transit Administration ( will update us on MTA's plans to open up its data, including real-time, ridership, routes and stops.

• Kotaro Hara ( will show how he collects street-level accessibility data using crowdsourcing and Google Street View to support Baltimoreans with mobility impairments.

• Chase Gilliam ( will show us his Bike Stack ( program.

• Elliott Plack ( made a map of historic/abandoned Baltimore transportation projects like the Red Line and the cross town expressway.

• Jason Lancaster will show how he built a quick, cheap iOS app for the Charm City Circulator.

• Kyle Fritz ( will share how OrderUp ( uses data science to navigate Baltimore's street grid.

• Chris Whong ( will talk about his project to reverse-engineer the MTA ('s real-time bus-tracker app (

• Justin Elszasz ( will digs out stories derived from parking citation data from Baltimore's open data portal.

There are several good articles about Chris Whong's project: Civic hackers are already building a better MTA bus tracking system (, Bus pass: Civic hackers open transit data MTA said would cost too much to share (, and Chris's own story, Anatomy of a Civic Hack: Freeing Baltimore’s Real-time Bus Data (

See also this story about Justin Elszasz's work: What parking ticket stats reveal about Baltimore’s use of open data (

Inspired to do your own project? See Reinvent Transit list from (, this list from Open Baltimore (, and the Github ( site behind MRLN (

For folks coming from Washington, the last Penn Line ( MARC train ( for DC leaves Penn Station at 9:15pm. (The Camden Line's Camden Station is closer to our event, but its last train leaves at 6:15pm.) You can use the free Charm City Circulator ('s Purple Line ( to ride the bus to Penn Station. The Inner Harbor stop at S Calvert St & W Pratt St is a few blocks from our location at the Hyatt Regency ( The Circulator runs every 10 to 15 minutes, until 9:00pm. Amtrak ( has more-expensive departures at 9:20pm, 10:10pm, 10:20pm, and 11:15pm.

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