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GTFS-realtime would be great since it can integrate into Google Maps, but as RC says it works in a fundamentally different way.

As for the concern about breaking apps, it's only a concern if you change APIs all the time. You could introduce the new API, and keep the old one for 6 months while spamming your development list saying the old API is going away on a certain date. Then just turn it off. People can move on to other apps.

If this NextBus "crisis" has taught anything it's that transit agencies should:
1. Have an app gallery PROMINENTLY on their website
2. Go out there and actually look for apps that exist and put them on your gallery
3. Have a convenient way for app developers to submit their apps for consideration

WMATA fails on all three, they do have an app gallery but I bet you can't find it!

by MLD on Jan 18, 2013 4:45 pm • linkreport

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