The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has launched the first iteration of the National Transit Map, a platform that aggregates and maps open data about transit stops, schedules, and routes from 270 different transit agencies. Many local transit agencies publish transit data, but there was no easy way to combine these disparate sources into a single platform. For this first version of the map, DOT combined and mapped data on approximately 400,000 transit stops and stations and 10,000 routes, covering about one third of all urban transit agencies, and also makes the aggregated geospatial data available for download. DOT plans to release an updated version of the map in late 2016 after more transit agencies contribute their data.
Mapping Open Transit Data Across the United States
Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.