Title

Open Government Data and Public Transportation

Authors

Kenneth Kuhn

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2011

Subject Area

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

Keywords

real time bus location, San Francisco, available transportation data

Abstract

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.

Rights

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

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