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Luckily some open standards (free to use) for real-time information already exist:
SIRI is a public transit standard for real-time information that is used in Europe and also used by NYMTA.
TCIP is a standard developed by APTA that has a real-time information component but is designed to connect lots of transit ITS systems.
GTFS-realtime is a standard developed by Google.

The problem for a lot of transit agencies is that they are beholden to NextBus or whoever their provider is, and those companies want to use THEIR API rather than produce an API in a standard format. Smaller agencies especially do not have the expertise or staff time to create and manage their own APIs nor do they have the expertise to put this stuff up in the initial contract.

by MLD on Jan 18, 2013 12:17 pm • linkreport

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