Transport for NOLA has been working with the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for the past several months to call for and subsequently support the opening of their transit data. In March - the RTA released their GTFS (http://openplans.org/2012/08/02/the-openplans-guide-to-gtfs-data/) (map / schedule data) and I'm thrilled to announce that in the coming days, the RTA will release the real-time location data for all buses and streetcars in their fleet. We've seen developers do a lot of exciting things with this data in other cities - check out how open transit data has been used in Portland (http://trimet.org/apps/) and Boston (http://www.mbta.com/rider_tools/apps/).
To access the data, register for a MyRTA account at http://www.norta.com and then follow the links to 'Data Subscription'.
Next week, TfN and the RTA are hosting a meeting for developers on the newly opened transit data.
Now that the data is open - the rest is up to you. Come out, learn about the data and create useful websites, apps, text services and more to make riding transit easier in New Orleans!