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Unifying on a single standard is a hopeless idea. As RC stated, NYC MTA rightfully found the SIRI "standard" to be completely lacking and therefore modified it creating yet another "standard". Plus SIRI is managed by a committee, which is not the most effective way to deal with rapidly evolving technologies.

And GTFS-real time, as mentioned by Matt Caywood, is for large data consumers like Google, not for smartphone apps. Google created the format specifically for their own internal needs. And look how few users there are in the US.
The NextBus API is used by far more end users than GTFS-real time.

And it does seem rather ironic that WMATA is breaking apps now by not allowing other feeds, such as the NextBus feed, because they are worried about possibly breaking them in the future. Really quite short sighted.

But there is a simple solution. Promote open data, not specific APIs. And then see which APIs the app developers gravitate towards. Then emphasize those few APIs.

by Ski on Jan 21, 2013 12:24 pm • linkreport

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