Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Problems. Topic SA-34. Open Data: Challenges and Opportunities for Transit Agencies

In recent years, forward-thinking transit agencies are realizing the potential of open data that are freely and openly available to the public. By enabling software developers to build applications that allow riders to more easily and efficiently navigate public transit systems, their provision of open schedule, fare system, geographic and real-time vehicle location data has generated tremendous value for public transit. Open data presents opportunities and challenges for agency operations and other business functions. For example, some transit agencies may provide schedule information, while others provide performance metrics or public documents on agency websites. The use and deployment of mobile device technology (for real-time transit information) was originally reported in Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis 91. This synthesis will document the current state of the practice and policies in the use of open data for improved transit planning, service quality and customer information; implications of open data and open documentation policies,; and their impact on transit agencies and public support. It will focus on successful practices in open data policy, use, protocols, and licensing. This synthesis will document, but not be limited to the following: (1) Definitions; (2) Benefits, challenges, and concerns; (3) Performance metrics; (4) Justifications/reasons for choosing to provide open data, or not (5) Uses; (6) Impacts on the public, private, and independent sectors; (7) Standards and protocols; (8) Legal and licensing considerations; and (9) Public disclosure practices. This synthesis will explore these issues and document successful practice. A literature review, survey of selected transit agencies and/or other stakeholders, and detailed case examples/profiles will be accomplished to report on the state-of-practice, including innovations, lessons learned, challenges, and gaps in information. 


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $40000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Vlasak, Donna

  • Performing Organizations:

    TranSystems Corporation

    5528-B Hempstead Way
    Springfield, VA  United States  2215
  • Principal Investigators:

    Schweiger, Carol

  • Start Date: 20141217
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38308

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  • Accession Number: 01548183
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 18 2014 1:00AM