Open Data

May 15, 2019
Accept No Substitutes for Full Trip Data From Uber and Lyft

Uber's new Movement platform is no substitute for the full data cities have been asking for.  

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April 23, 2019
Introducing Transit Insights, a Visual Tool to Track Transit Ridership in American Cities

Understanding why ridership is rising in some places but not in others is critical to formulating effective transit policy. That's why we've created Transit Insights, a new tool that combines information from the National Transit Database, the U.S. Census, and the route maps at Transit.Land.

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May 29, 2018
Service Matters: Examining Ridership Trends in 25 North American Cities Over Time

While many factors influence transit ridership, a study from McGill University highlights the most important one: cities must properly fund their public transit operations, especially bus services, to ensure a steady increase in ridership.

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August 31, 2017
Hey MTA: Here Are Five Qualities of a Useful Transit Dashboard

Where the MTA and Cuomo administration may decline to tread, graduate students have stepped in to fill the void.

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May 16, 2017
Data Seeking Open-Minded Transit Agencies

Open transit data makes using transit easy. It creates transparency and an informed public, facilitates citizen engagement, enables new research, helps transit agencies make better-informed decisions.

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February 13, 2017
Fun With the National Transit Database

The 2016 national transit ridership data was just released, so we created a video to help you figure out how to access and use the data:

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May 9, 2016
Good Open Data Is Eating Your Own Dog Food: An Interview with Chris Whong

TransitCenter sat down with Chris Whong, one of the leading advocates for open data in transit and a keynote speaker at our recent Staten Island Bus Hackathon, to talk about his views on the topic.

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March 25, 2016
The partially realized promise of open transit data

The era of open data in public transportation has just begun.

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