MASSDOT DEVELOPERS
      Chris Dempsey and Joshua Robin
 Massachusetts Department of Transportation
WHY IS IT SO EASY TO FIND
       WEATHER AND TRAFFIC REPORTS…




1/29/2010 10:31 AM                    2
BUT SO HARD TO FIND TRANSIT
                   INFORMATION?




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TWO THEORIES




1/29/2010 10:31 AM                  4
THEORY #1 – NO DEMAND




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Where is the
              Where’s the
               #%*(#&$
              Green Line?
                 train?




1/29/2...
THEORY #2 – NO SUPPLY




1/29/2010 10:31 AM                           7
SO, WHAT’S DIFFERENT?




1/29/2010 10:31 AM                           8
TRAFFIC AND WEATHER
                     INFORMATION ARE “OPEN”




1/29/2010 10:31 AM                            9
AS A RESULT, DRIVERS
HAVE LOTS OF CHOICES
TRANSIT INFORMATION WAS “CLOSED”




1/29/2010 10:31 AM                   11
T RIDERS HAD JUST ONE CHOICE FOR
          MBTA INFORMATION: THE T




1/29/2010 10:31 AM                      12
SO, WE DECIDED TO MAKE MBTA
                INFORMATION OPEN




1/29/2010 10:31 AM                       13
IN SEPTEMBER 2009, THE MBTA MADE
     BASIC TRIP PLANNING DATA OPEN




1/29/2010 10:31 AM                   14
BY NOVEMBER, THERE WERE 6
          INNOVATIVE APPLICATIONS BUILT
                 WITH MBTA DATA




1/29/2010 10:31 AM  ...
1/29/2010 10:31 AM   16
WHAT ABOUT REAL-TIME DATA?




1/29/2010 10:31 AM                        17
TRADITIONAL MODEL




First, (1) Countdown Signs
                Then, (2) Web and Phone Distribution


                  ...
WHAT IF WE RE-THOUGHT THIS?
COULD WE MAKE MBTA BUS
                 LOCATION INFORMATION




1/29/2010 10:31 AM                       20
AS EASY FOR OUR RIDERS TO FIND
       AS THE CURRENT TEMPERATURE?




1/29/2010 10:31 AM                      21
IMPOSSIBLE, RIGHT?




1/29/2010 10:31 AM                        22
ON NOVEMBER 14th, AS PART OF A
           TRIAL PROGRAM, THE MBTA
          RELEASED A REAL-TIME DATA
            FEED FOR...
WITHIN ONE HOUR…




1/29/2010 10:31 AM                      24
WITHIN ONE HOUR…
A developer integrated the trial data into Google Earth to
show the real-time locations of the buses:



...
WITHIN TWO DAYS…
A developer integrated the trial data into a free, easily-
accessible web page, where T riders can track ...
WITHIN ONE WEEK…
A developer built a desktop application that displays the
countdown information for the rider’s favorite ...
WITHIN TWO WEEKS…
A developer built a simple web application that displays the
bus countdown information without the need ...
WITHIN ONE MONTH…
A developer built an LED sign that shows real-time bus
countdown information on Centre Street in Jamaica...
WITHIN FIVE WEEKS…
A developer built iPhone and Android apps that integrate the
real-time trial data. The apps cost just 9...
WITHIN SEVEN WEEKS…
A developer built a system that delivers the real-time data to
any phone, mobile or landline:
        ...
WITHIN EIGHT WEEKS…
A developer built a system that delivers the real-time data by
text message to any mobile phone:



  ...
WITHIN EIGHT WEEKS
Developers launched more apps included free applications:




1/29/2010 10:31 AM                       ...
AND PEOPLE NOTICED:
These apps received positive press from:




1/29/2010 10:31 AM                         34
WITH THOSE RESULTS*
                     FOR JUST FIVE BUS LINES
                       IN SEVEN WEEKS…




              ...
WHAT MIGHT DEVELOPERS
                      CREATE IF WE UNLOCK
                       LOCATION DATA FOR
                 ...
HERE’S WHAT DEVELOPERS HAVE
            DONE IN OTHER PLACES:




1/29/2010 10:31 AM                     37
Baggage
                         Claim
                         Info at
                        Portland
                 ...
Community
                     Advertisement
                      in a Chicago
                         Bakery



      R...
$130
                                                   Sony
                                                Bluetooth
   ...
HOW DO WE GET THERE?




1/29/2010 10:31 AM                          41
MIT C4FCM/MBTA HACKATHON




1/29/2010 10:31 AM                     42
TOGETHER, LET’S DEMONSTRATE
THE POTENTIAL OF OPENING UP FULL
   SYSTEM BUS LOCATION DATA
GOALS
LED SIGNS
MBTA REAL-TIME
   WATCH
WHAT ELSE?
http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers
http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers

        christopher.dempsey@state.ma.us

                     joshua.robin@state.ma.us...
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MassDOT Developers - Hackathon Presentation

  1. 1. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS Chris Dempsey and Joshua Robin Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  2. 2. WHY IS IT SO EASY TO FIND WEATHER AND TRAFFIC REPORTS… 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 2
  3. 3. BUT SO HARD TO FIND TRANSIT INFORMATION? 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 3
  4. 4. TWO THEORIES 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 4
  5. 5. THEORY #1 – NO DEMAND 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 5
  6. 6. Where is the Where’s the #%*(#&$ Green Line? train? 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 6
  7. 7. THEORY #2 – NO SUPPLY 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 7
  8. 8. SO, WHAT’S DIFFERENT? 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 8
  9. 9. TRAFFIC AND WEATHER INFORMATION ARE “OPEN” 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 9
  10. 10. AS A RESULT, DRIVERS HAVE LOTS OF CHOICES
  11. 11. TRANSIT INFORMATION WAS “CLOSED” 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 11
  12. 12. T RIDERS HAD JUST ONE CHOICE FOR MBTA INFORMATION: THE T 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 12
  13. 13. SO, WE DECIDED TO MAKE MBTA INFORMATION OPEN 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 13
  14. 14. IN SEPTEMBER 2009, THE MBTA MADE BASIC TRIP PLANNING DATA OPEN 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 14
  15. 15. BY NOVEMBER, THERE WERE 6 INNOVATIVE APPLICATIONS BUILT WITH MBTA DATA 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 15
  16. 16. 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 16
  17. 17. WHAT ABOUT REAL-TIME DATA? 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 17
  18. 18. TRADITIONAL MODEL First, (1) Countdown Signs Then, (2) Web and Phone Distribution Then, Maybe, (3) Share with Others
  19. 19. WHAT IF WE RE-THOUGHT THIS?
  20. 20. COULD WE MAKE MBTA BUS LOCATION INFORMATION 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 20
  21. 21. AS EASY FOR OUR RIDERS TO FIND AS THE CURRENT TEMPERATURE? 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 21
  22. 22. IMPOSSIBLE, RIGHT? 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 22
  23. 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. 24. WITHIN ONE HOUR… 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 24
  25. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 33. WITHIN EIGHT WEEKS Developers launched more apps included free applications: 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 33
  34. 34. AND PEOPLE NOTICED: These apps received positive press from: 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 34
  35. 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. 36. WHAT MIGHT DEVELOPERS CREATE IF WE UNLOCK LOCATION DATA FOR THE ENTIRE BUS SYSTEM? 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 36
  37. 37. HERE’S WHAT DEVELOPERS HAVE DONE IN OTHER PLACES: 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 37
  38. 38. Baggage Claim Info at Portland Airport Real-Time Train Arrival 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 38
  39. 39. Community Advertisement in a Chicago Bakery Real-Time Bus Arrival 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 39
  40. 40. $130 Sony Bluetooth Wristwatch Real-Time Bus Arrival *YES, THIS REALLY EXISTS IN SAN FRANCISCO 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 40
  41. 41. HOW DO WE GET THERE? 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 41
  42. 42. MIT C4FCM/MBTA HACKATHON 1/29/2010 10:31 AM 42
  43. 43. TOGETHER, LET’S DEMONSTRATE THE POTENTIAL OF OPENING UP FULL SYSTEM BUS LOCATION DATA
  44. 44. GOALS
  45. 45. LED SIGNS
  46. 46. MBTA REAL-TIME WATCH
  47. 47. WHAT ELSE?
  48. 48. http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers
  49. 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

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