>What’s left for WMATA and Google Transit?


The Washington Post reported back in March that Metro had finally decided to release its transit schedule and routing information using the open Google Transit Feed Specification format.

But a little while ago, I tweeted that WMATA and MBTA were the last major agencies not to have joined the popular Google Transit service.  In fact, of the transit agencies listed under “Heavy Rail”, “Light Rail”, and “Major Bus”, about 85% of the average weekday ridership is on transit systems that have a partnership with Google.

Back in March, Metro released its information under fairly restrictive terms of service, and then basically stopped working on the issue.

Metro should continue working with Google to determine what needs to be changed about Google’s transit data sharing agreement, and then sign the agreement as soon as practical.  Now that the new iPhone OS and Android phones support transit directions using Google Maps, that’s another way people can figure out how to get there using transit, and that’s what Metro is all about.

Coming up:  What’s in the Metro data license and the Google data license?

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I'm an engineer and father interested in transit, parking and economics.
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