Study Shows Better Data & Apps Improve Public Transit Usage... So Why Do So Many Transit Authorites Block Useful Apps?

from the questions-worth-asking dept

We've noted before the odd fact that various transit authorities around the globe have been trying to stop people from making useful transit apps, with things like schedules and whatnot. The argument from those transit authorities is incredibly short-sighted. It usually has something to do with claims about how the scheduling data is "proprietary" and the authority's "intellectual property." The key point, of course, is that they're hoping to make money licensing the data. But that's really short-sighted. As some new studies are showing, better apps and technology make it much easier and enjoyable for people to use public transit. In other words, by allowing people to use the data to make better apps, they could get a lot more long-term riders. You would think that would be the goal...

Filed Under: data, openness, transit data


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2011 @ 11:11am

    Re: Re: Common knowledge

    What if an app produces a subtly incorrect version of the train schedule by accident or even on purpose? Who is at fault?

    The average user is likely to get upset at the public transit company, not the individual app creator. Maybe that's not fair but it seems a reasonable scenario.


    What if a commenter here writes something that's incorrect by accident or even on purpose? Who is at fault?

    The average reader is likely to get upset at Techdirt, not the individual commenter. Maybe that's not fair but it seems a reasonable scenario. Therefore, Techdirt should not allow comments, starting with yours.

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