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MEDIUM.COM/@TRANSITAPP GCN AUGUST 2015 • GCN.COM 25 case study BY AMANDA ZIADEH OPEN DATA Chattanooga, Baltimore and Cleveland have opened their transportation data to help people view real-time transit options How 3 cities got public transit apps on the cheap Three more cities now have real-time public transporta- tion information available to commuters, without having to develop or maintain the mobile apps them- selves. All it took was improved open data and some serious collaboration with civic-minded coders. All three cities --- Chattanooga, Tenn.; Baltimore; and Cleveland --- are now served by Transit App, which uses open public transportation data to dis- play local travel options and departure times in 99 cities worldwide. Users can view bus schedules, subway maps and bike routes, and they can also request service from Uber. Transit App relies on a city's open- data portals and transportation infor- mation from various local agencies, which means cities that have better data are more likely to be added to the service. According to Transit App, Chatta- nooga had not offered its information online before it became one of the app's locations. Through a partnership with a Code for America team and the Chattanooga Area Regional Transpor- tation Authority, officials made digital transit schedules available to third- party developers on GitHub. That effort, combined with some social media campaigning, moved the city to the top of Transit App's wish list. Soon after, Chattanooga had a Tran- sit app with schedules, a trip planning tool, information on a bike-sharing program and real-time data. Accord- ing to Transit App, the citywide service was created at no cost to the city. After Chattanooga's success, the Transit App team was inspired by a Baltimore project led by a Code for America brigade captain, Chris Whong. He was frustrated by the inefficiency of Maryland's online bus tracker, so he created a real-time bus location map using data from the Maryland Transit Administration's website. According to Transit App, Balti- more's transit-tracking system had al- ready cost the city $2.7 million, and officials said it would cost another $600,000 to transform that informa- tion into a shareable format. Once Code for America was able to access Baltimore's real-time transit information with Whong's help, the Transit App team incorporated the data into its systems and opened up yet another easy-to-use city service --- one that is especially beneficial for a city like Baltimore, where more than half of residents do not have a car. More recently, Transit App was able to do the same for Cleveland after a request from that city's Code for Amer- ica brigade. Transit App contacted the city's CIO, who allowed the company to access and use the necessary data from the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority provider. Although Cleveland's real-time in- formation is not yet fully open and integrated, the Transit App cited the city's strong advocacy for open data --- as evidenced by multiple groups such as Open Cleveland, Hack Cleve- land and Neighborhood Progress --- as encouraging signs that the city is com- mitted to transparency. • Transit App is helping people make better use of public transportation in Baltimore, where most residents don't have cars.