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  • 1. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS Chris Dempsey and Joshua Robin Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • 2. WHY IS IT SO EASY TO FIND WEATHER AND TRAFFIC REPORTS… 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 2
  • 3. BUT SO HARD TO FIND TRANSIT INFORMATION? 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 3
  • 4. TWO THEORIES 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 4
  • 5. THEORY #1 – NO DEMAND 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 5
  • 6. Where is the Where’s the #%*(#&$ Green Line? train? 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 6
  • 7. THEORY #2 – NO SUPPLY 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 7
  • 8. SO, WHAT’S DIFFERENT? 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 8
  • 9. TRAFFIC AND WEATHER INFORMATION ARE “OPEN” 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 9
  • 10. AS A RESULT, DRIVERS HAVE LOTS OF CHOICES
  • 11. TRANSIT INFORMATION WAS “CLOSED” 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 11
  • 12. T RIDERS HAD JUST ONE CHOICE FOR MBTA INFORMATION: THE T 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 12
  • 13. SO, WE DECIDED TO MAKE MBTA INFORMATION OPEN 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 13
  • 14. IN SEPTEMBER 2009, THE MBTA MADE BASIC TRIP PLANNING DATA OPEN 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 14
  • 15. BY NOVEMBER, THERE WERE 6 INNOVATIVE APPLICATIONS BUILT WITH MBTA DATA 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 15
  • 16. 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 16
  • 17. WHAT ABOUT REAL-TIME DATA? 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 17
  • 18. TRADITIONAL MODEL First, (1) Countdown Signs Then, (2) Web and Phone Distribution Then, Maybe, (3) Share with Others
  • 19. WHAT IF WE RE-THOUGHT THIS?
  • 20. COULD WE MAKE MBTA BUS LOCATION INFORMATION 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 20
  • 21. AS EASY FOR OUR RIDERS TO FIND AS THE CURRENT TEMPERATURE? 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 21
  • 22. IMPOSSIBLE, RIGHT? 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 22
  • 23. ON NOVEMBER 14th, AS PART OF A TRIAL PROGRAM, THE MBTA RELEASED A REAL-TIME DATA FEED FOR FIVE BUS LINES 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 23
  • 24. WITHIN ONE HOUR… 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 24
  • 25. WITHIN ONE HOUR… A developer integrated the trial data into Google Earth to show the real-time locations of the buses: 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 25
  • 26. WITHIN TWO DAYS… A developer integrated the trial data into a free, easily- accessible web page, where T riders can track the buses from any internet-accessible computer: http://mbta-bus.appspot.com 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 26
  • 27. WITHIN ONE WEEK… A developer built a desktop application that displays the countdown information for the rider’s favorite stop: http://www.wirelust.com 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 27
  • 28. WITHIN TWO WEEKS… A developer built a simple web application that displays the bus countdown information without the need for a map: http://www.clickteam.info/davidn/mbta/mbtabuses.php 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 28
  • 29. WITHIN ONE MONTH… A developer built an LED sign that shows real-time bus countdown information on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain: 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 29
  • 30. WITHIN FIVE WEEKS… A developer built iPhone and Android apps that integrate the real-time trial data. The apps cost just 99 cents: 1/29/2010 10:31 AM DRAFT 30
  • 31. WITHIN SEVEN WEEKS… A developer built a system that delivers the real-time data to any phone, mobile or landline: * *Try if for yourself by dialing 617-213-0911 Use stop code (0330) or (0085) 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 31
  • 32. WITHIN EIGHT WEEKS… A developer built a system that delivers the real-time data by text message to any mobile phone: *Try if for yourself by texting 617.299.6591 this message: bus: 39: 51391 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 32
  • 33. WITHIN EIGHT WEEKS Developers launched more apps included free applications: 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 33
  • 34. AND PEOPLE NOTICED: These apps received positive press from: 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 34
  • 35. WITH THOSE RESULTS* FOR JUST FIVE BUS LINES IN SEVEN WEEKS… *ALL AT NO COST TO THE MBTA 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 35
  • 36. WHAT MIGHT DEVELOPERS CREATE IF WE UNLOCK LOCATION DATA FOR THE ENTIRE BUS SYSTEM? 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 36
  • 37. HERE’S WHAT DEVELOPERS HAVE DONE IN OTHER PLACES: 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 37
  • 38. Baggage Claim Info at Portland Airport Real-Time Train Arrival 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 38
  • 39. Community Advertisement in a Chicago Bakery Real-Time Bus Arrival 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 39
  • 40. $130 Sony Bluetooth Wristwatch Real-Time Bus Arrival *YES, THIS REALLY EXISTS IN SAN FRANCISCO 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 40
  • 41. HOW DO WE GET THERE? 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 41
  • 42. MIT C4FCM/MBTA HACKATHON 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 42
  • 43. TOGETHER, LET’S DEMONSTRATE THE POTENTIAL OF OPENING UP FULL SYSTEM BUS LOCATION DATA
  • 44. GOALS
  • 45. LED SIGNS
  • 46. MBTA REAL-TIME WATCH
  • 47. WHAT ELSE?
  • 48. http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers
  • 49. http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers christopher.dempsey@state.ma.us joshua.robin@state.ma.us 1/29/2010 10:31 AM DRAFT 49