This is cool - could this somehow be included? [game made of your travels throughout london] www.chromaroma.com/
Although this might be more appropriate.. [music made by subway travels]
The MTA in New York City just announced that they will open source their data -
MTA Bus Time will enable bus riders to use smartphones, text messaging, or their web browser to learn how far the next bus is from their stop, saving them time and making bus travel easier. Users also can scan Quick Response (QR) codes on bus stop signs to learn instantly when the next bus will arrive.
Public transit is at a critical point in New Orleans and, while the city is making some efforts, we need to loudly demonstrate citywide demand and support of our existing services. Consider the national attention NYC received after its transit authority made its data public and a frillion new mobile/online tools began appearing from transit advocates and enthusiastic design shops. Let's do that, too. Because the existing RTA tools aren't very helpful.
We should open up the RTA's GPS, schedule, and route data so that mobile developers can build transit applications for the residents of New Orleans. The transit authorities in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. all do this, and developers have built all kinds of helpful applications.
We completely agree, and we've set up our first petition here:
We're working on how to make this work auto-magically on Neighborland, but for now, we can use change.org to make it happen.
Let's spread the word ...
In 2009 in Washington, DC, petitioners got the Metro Transit Authority to release their real time data feed using the Google real time data feed protocol. They did it by flooding the Transit Authority board member's email with over 700 requests. See an article on it here... www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...
We should start a petition for the RTA to do the same. They have the data. If they would publish it an open source format, then any number of developers could create apps for real time bus and streetcar information. San Francisco's BART has over 30 different apps that track the system.
Publishing this data so developers can use it seems like a no-brainer to me.
Maybe we need to start sending some emails and letters?
The RTA is unveiling such an app within the next few months. Their rep told me at a neighborhood meeting that you'll be able to track the buses & streetcars in real time from your phone.
a Tulane project has made kind of a start on this. it's not the same but it points to how great the idea is: tulane.edu/tsweb/nolamodern.cfm