We got an unexpected surprise this week - an opportunity made possible by open data.
We let Open Chattanooga know that a third-party transit app - called, aptly enough, simply TransitApp - had a “wish list" for which cities to support next. We realized that, thanks to work by Chattanooga’s transit agency, CARTA, to make their bus schedule available in an open format on GitHub, we already had the data in a format that would work.
A few tweets and a Reddit campaign later, Chattanooga was at the top of the requested cities list.
— Transit App (@transitapp) July23, 2014
We got the developer’s attention.
We’re helping CARTA to publish their data using GitHub, a platform which developers use to collaborate and plan projects. The TransitApp developer had a few questions about the data, but we were able to quickly have this conversation in public on GitHub and address the issues.
By working to bring government agencies and developers closer together, we can make amazing things happen which have real value and improve the way people experience their cities.
Today, we’re proud to announce that Chattanoogans can get bus and bike share information in one of the most popular mobile transit applications.
Are you interested in building on top of Chattanooga transit data? There are a variety of transportation data sets on the Chattanooga Open Data Portal.