Stanton, Public Transit Department Advance Phoenix Open Data PolicyStanton, Public Transit Department Advance Phoenix Open Data Policy<div class="ExternalClass068D2F4624424CFD91623261E7864E68"><p>Mayor Greg Stanton and the Phoenix Public Transit Department today advanced Phoenix’s open data policy with the release of real-time schedule data for the city’s transit system.</p><p>Through a partnership with Valley Metro, the regional public transportation authority, the City will now provide real-time schedule data to the public. Specifically, the data will be available to software developers who want to build mobile applications to offer up-to-the minute details on bus and light rail locations, as well as arrival and departure times. </p><p>“This is a key first step in providing more transparent, open information to our residents,” Stanton said. “There’s a developer somewhere in our community who will now be able to take this open data and create the next software application that will make it easier for all Phoenix residents to use public transit — it’s a great thing for current and future riders.”</p><p>The Public Transit Department’s data release is the first of several “open data” projects undertaken by the city to provide free public access to important information and documents online. The department had been offering static transit-schedule data online for several months, but the new data updates in real time.</p><p>The City Council approved an open data policy this past July in an effort to expand the city’s commitment to increase transparency, efficiency and opportunities for innovation in government.</p><p>“Embracing technology and providing this schedule data helps residents to get better connected with our transit services and the city as a whole,” said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, Chair of the city’s Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee.  “I hope that software developers will take advantage of the opportunity.”</p><p>Councilman Bill Gates, who chairs the Finance, Efficiency, Economy and Sustainability Subcommittee, said, “I am supportive of the open data policy that has been adopted by the city of Phoenix. It makes our government operations more transparent while allowing access to information that will encourage development of innovative applications, improve the quality of life of our residents and provide great opportunities for public-private partnerships.”</p><p>Stanton said he hopes to encourage developers in the community to put the data to good use at this weekend’s Plan PHX Summit.  He will host a roundtable discussion about how open data can influence the future of transit. The session is open to the public and will take place Saturday, November 15, at 11:30 a.m., in the City Hall atrium.</p><p>Those interested in obtaining real-time schedule data from the Public Transit Department may do so by <a href="/publictransit/developers-portal.">visiting the Public Transit Developer's Portal.</a></p></div>11/13/2014 11:15:00 PM(Media) Tina May602-534-9505