Thu 10 Dec 2009
This site has been in semi-retirement for a while, as I focus more on things like the Transit Developers group, but I wanted to tell you about a site that just launched:
City-Go-Round is in many ways a successor this site’s own Headway Wiki, in that it makes it easier to find transit apps that people have built for a particular area or agency. However, CGR adds things like location-based search, screenshots, and better information about platforms and locations for each app. Even more importantly, it helps show how open data can really enable developers to build apps that help transit agencies and their riders, and provides a way for transit riders to tell their local agencies that they want open data.
The site came about because the guys at Front Seat started adding public transit information to their Walk Score site, and they started wondering how they could get access to more transit information to make their site more useful. So they rounded up some of the most passionate open data advocates in the Transit Developers community: Brandon Martin-Anderson, Jehiah Czebotar, Dave Peck, and Josh Livni, and put together a great resource in a few short weeks. (I also helped in an advisory role.)
The site has the most data about the US, but there’s already a bit of information about Canadian and Australian agencies. The site is also open source, and the team hopes that developers in other countries will help expand the site towards more global coverage.