Open Government Data and Public Transportation


Kenneth Kuhn

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date


Subject Area

mode - bus, place - north america, technology - intelligent transport systems, ridership - forecasting


real time bus location, San Francisco, available transportation data


Governments are increasingly making public transportation data available to the
public on the Internet. The data can be used to explore and characterize current
and historical service levels or to forecast operations in the immediate future. This
paper considers, as an example, real-time bus location data provided by the San
Francisco Municipal Transit Agency. General techniques for making use of such data
to benefit both providers and users of public transportation are described. There is
a brief discussion of why the advantages of making data available often outweigh
the disadvantages.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by Journal of Public Transportation, copyright remains with them.