Who Controls Data About Public Transportation?

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Two models appear to be emerging to answer this question. One, typified by New York City’s MTA and Washington, DC’s WMATA, sees schedule and related data as valuable intellectual property, to be zealously protected, licensed and monetized. So far, the results of this approach appear to have been bad press, irate passengers, wasted money and stymied innovation.

The other model, typified by San Francisco’s SFMTA and Portland’s TriMet, holds that encouraging independent developers to make free use of schedule information can both save the city money and foster innovative applications.

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