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MTA to host transit hackathon

MTA to host transit hackathon

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority is hosting its first "bus hackathon," with the aim of improving bus service on Staten Island.

The one-day hackathon will be held March 5 at the Rudin Center in Manhattan. Attendees will be given access to datasets on ridership for express bus routes and performance data for both express and local bus routes. This is the first time the datasets will be released to the public.

Darryl Irick, senior vice president for the Department of Buses and president of the MTA Bus Company, said the hackathon provides an important opportunity to help improve mass transit in New York City.

“The hackathon is an invitation for feedback from our tech-savvy customers as well as an opportunity for New York City Transit to further use innovation and technology to provide our customers with better service,” Irick said in a statement announcing the hackathon.

The event will be sponsored by TransitCenter, with additional support provided by Google and CartoDB, a GIS and web mapping company. The event is open to the public, but registration ends Feb. 20. Details on prizes and the judging process will be announced closer to the March 5 event.

Posted by Derek Major on Feb 10, 2016 at 8:54 AM


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