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Portland TriMet Presentation On Data Sharing

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This presentation from the APTA TransITech 2008 conference discusses the benefits for agencies of sharing their schedule data with outside developers.

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Portland TriMet Presentation On Data Sharing

  1. 1. Leveraging Resources for Customer Information by Exposing Transit Data Business Intelligence: Focusing on Customers APTA TransITech 2008 Tim McHugh, CTO
  2. 2. TriMet’s Developer Resources began with GM request to promote innovation and public transit by providing resources to an emerging creative class
  3. 3. TriMet’s Developer Resources began with GM request to promote innovation and public transit by providing resources to an emerging creative class Can we leverage existing software development by exposing data to the public?
  4. 4. TriMet’s Developer Resources began with GM request to promote innovation and public transit by providing resources to an emerging creative class Can we leverage existing software development by exposing data to the public? Developer.TriMet.org
  5. 5. Public Resources for Customer Information Promotes use of transit and information related to transit
  6. 6. License Agreement Worked with Legal Dept Provides protection Defines Terms of Use
  7. 7. Registration Process Agree to Terms of Use Update Notifications Monitor usage/thresholds
  8. 8. Provides direct access to most current schedule data in common open format
  9. 9. Provides direct access to most current schedule data in common open format “GTFS is a lightweight, open format that provides a common, easy way to exchange transit data. You don't have to be Google™ to use it.” Tim Moore, Bart
  10. 10. IamCaltrain.com Source: “Caltrain station and route data was scraped from the Caltrain Website… The results of their work can be downloaded in the form of a MySQL Dump.”
  11. 11. GoogleMaps.com Get Driving Directions AND Public Transit Directions
  12. 12. TransitTrips.com Sits on Google Transit Make it easier to save links to common trips
  13. 13. “As a public service, PublicRoutes.com believes in allowing public information to be shared openly by municipalities across the country in hopes of maximizing travel efficiency and better serving the greater public. By pooling available data and advocating an open source platform, PublicRoutes.com and municipal trip planners will accurately ensure that all people will have the best possible information available when traveling via public transportation.” Submitted on behalf of PublicRoutes.com February 13, 2008
  14. 14. Spek.org/trimet/map.php Draws route lines using the GTFS
  15. 15. Provides direct access to real-time data via web services
  16. 16. Customer Information at Airport Port of Portland’s Use of Data
  17. 17. TriMet.OnMyiPhone.net Free Application for iPhone Access to transit next arrival times “At first I was just going to scrape the Trimet site to get the information. But then I came to find out that Trimet actually has a really nice API to all their tracking information!” Matt King, TriMet Rider & Software Developer
  18. 18. PortlandTransport.com Free Applications for Cell Phones,Handhelds Full Size PC Screens SMS Text Messaging Access to transit next arrival times
  19. 19. TrainCheck.com Free SMS Services for Cell Phones Access to transit next arrival times
  20. 20. TransitCast Presents arrival times and locations of buses that are approaching selected stop
  21. 21. Future Web Services Access to Trip Planner for Planned Trip Itineraries
  22. 22. Mobile Trip Planning I’m downtown searching the web for something interesting to do, and LBS tells me how to get there. Current GPS Location, Current Time, Formatted Requested Event/Place Request Web Trip LBS Service Planner En Route Formatted Planned Itinerary Return To Event/Place
  23. 23. Free OS Software: TimeTable Publisher T3 Webinar May 14, 2008 How to Implement the TimeTable Publisher: An Open Source Application for Transit Agencies
  24. 24. Who else is making their data publicly accessible?
  25. 25. By making the GTFS data publicly accessible, you can avoid addressing multiple and varied data requests on an individual basis.
  26. 26. mtsotp.com/mts/stop_finder/stop_finder.cfm Built on the GTFS – other agencies coming Finds all stops, buses & trains in an area
  27. 27. Public Records Act: any person has a right to request public data, and the public agency has a responsibility to provide it.
  28. 28. BART: “We want to foster innovative new applications, reach a broader audience and encourage more people to choose BART. And frankly, we just can't justify spending time on some of the things our customers have asked for…”
  29. 29. Thank You For more information, please visit:
  30. 30. Thank You For more information, please visit: Developer.TriMet.org

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