New Yorkers are supposed to be among the world’s top trendsetters, and now, developers have been provided with a new opportunity to impress them. New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority has decided to share data with developers.
According to Ben Fried, MTA Chair Jay Walder said in a statement, “We need to get out of our own way and instead get out in front of the data sharing revolution.”
Walder also said, “By making access to our data directly from our website, we are encouraging the developer community to do the work we can’t to create apps that benefit our customers at no cost to the MTA.”
The data includes stuff related to routes, schedules, and fares, which is about all anybody could ask for. Developers just need to be careful with regards to using the MTA’s logos and maps, since the organization wants developers to license them.