Open Data Makes Transportation Better For Boston

Open Data Makes Transportation Better For Boston
technology

Developer Benjamin Resner used open data and $350 of materials to create an LED sign that displays accurate times of arrival for a local Boston bus route.

Kyle Studstill
  • 19 april 2010

In one afternoon, developer Benjamin Resner used data recently made available from the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority and $350 of materials into an LED sign that displays accurate times of arrival for a local Boston bus route – a project the MBTA has been talking about acting on for years. Making data open to the public comes in contrast to an incident a year and a half ago, where the MBTA sued a group of MIT students that had uncovered a flaw in the transit pass system’s functionality using data the students had to previously hack to get at. Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Jefferey B. Mullen comments below:

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