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APTA's New Research Provides Data, Info to Strengthen Industry

APTA published two research reports in August that feature analysis, best practices and statistics to help strengthen public transportation agencies and businesses.

Public Transportation Embracing Open Data, a white paper that draws in part from a recent synthesis developed by the Transit Cooperative Research Project, probes key questions and challenges related to the use of open data in the industry. It features examples of how public transit agencies use open data, discusses licensing issues and describes the benefits of open data. For details, click here.

The Public Transportation Infrastructure Database, published every other year, compiles data related to several of the industry’s technological and infrastructure advances.

For example, the database shows that the number of public transit agencies offering real-time arrival information to customers has increased by 30 percent since 2012, reaching near unanimity among the largest agencies. Wi-Fi in stations and parking capacity are also increasing, according to its figures.

The report includes data on rail lines and stations parking for all modes and information about status, mileage and opening dates of future rail projects.

The database is free for APTA members and $100 for non-members, and it is available in several formats. To download or order, click here.
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