Open Data for Transit Webinar

Upcoming Talking Technology and Transportation (T3) Webinar on Open Data Guidelines for Transit 


Title: Learn from the Experts: Open Data Policy Guidelines for Transit – Maximizing Real Time and Schedule Data Use and Investments

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013

Time:  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Cost: Free

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As transit agencies continue to address increasing service demands and decreasing budgets, maximizing technology and data investments through open data policies is necessary to retain and attract customers. Webinar participants will be exposed to the opportunities that open data provide and the challenges to overcoming technology and implementation strategies. Attendees should expect to realize the benefits of open data policies and how transit agencies have successfully partnered with private entities to produce more real-time scheduling and trip planning applications through the use and sharing of data. This informative webinar will serve as the foundation of guidelines to be developed for transit agencies seeking to share schedule and real-time data. This session will highlight experiences of transit agencies with a history of producing and sharing real-time and schedule data for its customers and private sector third party developers.



Martin Catala, Manager, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Informatics Group, Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), University of South Florida, will give a brief overview of the project underway with the Federal Transit Administration on open data policy guidelines for transit. The project focuses on transit data relating to schedules and situational status, such as passenger load, predictive arrival time, and vehicle location. The findings from this webinar will be incorporated into a guide for transit agencies interested in successfully implementing open data within the transit industry.


Timothy Moore, Bay Area Rapid Transit District Website Manager, will discuss the value of open data for agencies and developers. He will also highlight a business case study; showcase how to move beyond data sharing; and focus on the effects that data sharing has on free mobile application development and the savings impact.


David Barker, Manager of Operations Technology, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), will provide lessons learned from MBTA’s launch of its real-time, next-generation, integrated, open data platform. This new system integrates schedule, real-time, and alert information across all MBTA modes into one unified frontend. He will also focus on MBTA’s collaboration with third-party developers and how the MBTA can deliver comprehensive service information to its customers in innovative ways.


Kevin Webb, Conveyal, Co-Founder and Principal, Washington, D.C., will discuss U.S. and international case studies of transit information systems built around open data and open standards, both for the public facing and policy making applications. Using examples from Mexico City, Mexico, Manila, Philippines, and Portland, Oregon, Mr. Webb will showcase ways that open data platforms have improved public and interagency communications.




Charlene Wilder, Transportation Management Specialist, Federal Transit Administration, U.S. DOT, (Washington, D.C.)



Dave Barker, Manager of Operations Technology, MBTA (Boston, MA)

Martin Catala, Manager GIS and Informatics Group, CUTR University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)

Timothy Moore, BART Website Manager (Oakland, CA)

Kevin Webb, Conveyal (Washington, DC)



T3 Webinars are interactive online meetings where subject matter experts present on a wide range of topics related to Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) planning, design, procurement, deployment, operations, noteworthy practices, and lessons learned. 


T3 Webinars are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s ITS Professional Capacity Building (PCB) Program. The ITS PCB Program is part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration’s ITS Joint Program Office.

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