Josh Robin, Director of Innovation at the MBTA
We feel very strongly that third parties do a better job than we do at developing apps," said Josh Robin, Director of Innovation at the MBTA.
"I think it's up to those companies like Zipcar, Relayrides, and Zimride to really develop those tools, and there's nothing that prevents them from using our data in their apps," says Robin
"There's a lot of possibilities for opening up data and sharing data with one another in creative partnerships to find a way to make it work, and we're always looking for ways to partner with people.
If one of those third parties came to us and said, 'how can we work together?' then we'd be more than happy to help them think through ideas to help make people's commutes easier."
Last month, Google
announced that Google Maps would integrate real-time alerts for public transit in six pilot cities around the world-Boston included.
This partnership with the MBTA
will offer real-time transit updates for bus information including departure and arrival times, delay notices, and station information.
"A big piece of what we've been trying to do for last couple years is make transit data ubiquitous-we see getting real-time data available through Google
as part of that initiative," Robin
"I think this is where the value in being open comes in, at least for public agencies; it can allow other services to better connect up with public transit options, and ultimately complete that transportation picture for people," says Robin