For years, we have heard complaints from web developers looking to build transit apps in the Phoenix area. For years, the response from Metro and/or the City of Phoenix ( not sure where Mesa and Tempe stood ) seemed to sound something like blah blah NO, blah blah security issues, blah blah NO.
Without a doubt, riders want good ways to know where the trains and busses are; they want Walk Score data; they want to be transit geeks. The current NextRide texting system doesn’t seem to have impressed many people nor does it scream high-tech to it’s users.
NextRide was introduced about a year ago and we read that “Valley Metro says it will consider sharing its databases with application developers after seeing how well NextRide works.” I’m not sure if releasing the data was contingent upon it working well or working poorly, but apparently the road has been cleared.
I’m not sure how long this has been in place, but I want to thank Derek Neighbors for bringing it to my attention via Twitter. Who knows, maybe we can get him to write a follow up post to give us his thoughts on transit data. 🙂
Maybe I can even get one of you geeks to make a decent RailLife app someday. 🙂