Curated Transit News

These are the news items that I have curated during the monitoring of the API space that have some relevance to the Transit conversation and I wanted to include in my research. I am using all of these links to better understand how the space is defining not just their APIs, but their schema, and other moving parts of their API operations.

Chicago remade its 127 (08-02-2019)
Tokyo subways humble duct (07-28-2019)
D.C.s new microtransit programs help fill in the gaps between trains and buses (07-14-2019)
California backs down on high (02-12-2019)
Paris Will Make Public Transportation Free for Kids ( (01-21-2019)
New York City's secret subway line with antique cars is back in service here's what it's like to ride it (12-18-2018)
Elon Musk's high (10-21-2018)
Siemen's Self (09-21-2018)
This city has a vision for mass transit that doesnt involve city buses (08-31-2018)
The Boring Company proposes hyperloop to Dodger Stadium (08-16-2018)
Building a real time NYC subway tracker with Apache Kafka (07-20-2018)
Double duty: Utah puts sensors on public transit to monitor air quality (07-06-2018)
Ongoing dumpster fire: How close the federal government came to shutting down Metro (06-23-2018)
Public transport APIs Singapores smart city example (06-05-2018)
The MTA revealed its $37 billion plan to save NYC's crumbling subway system but there's one big problem (05-24-2018)
Elon Musk will build a test tunnel for his high (05-22-2018)
The Long (05-19-2018)
Elon Musk posted video of his Boring Company tunnels under LA, saying people can use them 'in a few months' for free (05-11-2018)
NYC Transit is building a fleet of chatbots (05-04-2018)
Uber eyes transit beyond ride (04-13-2018)
Virginia governor asks legislature to restore two tax increases to fund Metro (04-09-2018)
Here's how Metro says it would spend $15.5 billion over a decade (03-17-2018)
Elon Musk's Boring Company Is Now All About Public Transit (03-09-2018)
Elon Musk shares updated pedestrian (03-09-2018)
Lyft commits to cutting the problem of health care transportation in half by 2020 (03-05-2018)
Is it time to take the Hyperloop seriously? (03-04-2018)
China Railways Private Cloud Infrastructure Provides a Roadbed for Business Growth (03-02-2018)
Transport app Citymapper is launching a new hybrid bus service in London (02-22-2018)
Citymapper has been granted a license to operate taxis in London (02-20-2018)
These images of a ridiculous bus line caused by NYC subway delays show just miserable the state of public transit has become (02-20-2018)
Elon Musks Boring Company gets preliminary permit for NYC (02-19-2018)
Elon Musk gets Hyperloop digging permit in Washington, DC (02-19-2018)
The soaring stakes for Metro funding (02-18-2018)
Uber wants to be public transportation, and I have some serious concerns (02-15-2018)
How to get cleaner air? Germany considers free mass transit (02-14-2018)
Bus Booking APIMake Online Bus Reservation Business More Profitable (02-13-2018)
TomTom On (02-08-2018)
Citymapper app adds comparative data on local transport fares (02-06-2018)
Go Processings Bus Booking API Grow Your Travel Business Easily (02-05-2018)
Your Train Is Delayed. Why? (02-03-2018)
Ford X incubator will research new transit ideas (01-25-2018)
JSON Schema and Examples for the Service Interface for Real Time Information (SIRI) 2.0 (01-16-2018)
Understanding The Service Interface for Real Time Information (SIRI) 2.0 Transit Standard (01-15-2018)
Are Uber and Lyft cutting into Metros ridership? (01-14-2018)
Here wants to help ride (01-08-2018)
APNewsBreak: 298 die in rail crashes system could've stopped (12-21-2017)
Google Maps finally gets step (12-15-2017)
A Year of Revamp: Datafiniti Launches Redesigned User Portal (12-14-2017)
Bus Booking API Grow Your Online Travel Business (12-12-2017)
Virginia's I (12-09-2017)
3 Ways Big Data Analytics Is Going to Improve Transportation (12-08-2017)
Socrata + Drupal: Washington States Public Disclosure Commission (12-07-2017)
Rio de Janeiro to open taxi app API (12-07-2017)
Helsinki Region Transport to Launch World's First Public Transport Retail Interface Open to Everyone (12-06-2017)
Bus Booking API Develop Your Portal And Earn (12-05-2017)
Amazon's Alexa is leading the voice (12-02-2017)
Waze adds new motorcycle mode and OK Waze voice commands (11-29-2017)
Boston transit goes contactless (11-24-2017)
Why Can't America Have a Single, Interoperable Tolling System? Because Bureaucracy (11-23-2017)
Why DC developers are upset about WMATA's new data terms of use (11-22-2017)
Why DC developers are upset about WMATAs new data terms of use (11-22-2017)
An Important Message from the EHS Team: OSHA Injury Reporting Due December 1, 2017 (11-22-2017)
Toronto begins sharing traffic data with Waze, and vice versa (11-20-2017)
MicroStrategy 10.9 Connector to Jethro Accelerates Speed and Scale of Big Data Exploration (11-20-2017)
Hydrogen (11-09-2017)
Elon Musk has ambitious plans for his tunneling company here's what we know (TSLA) (11-01-2017)
NYC's plan to finally kill the MetroCard (10-31-2017)
The LA Metro wants tech firms to help it launch a new kind of transit (10-24-2017)
NYC is (very slowly) getting a more high (10-23-2017)
A Smarter Transport Management System for London with the Help of WSO2 (10-22-2017)
Why Investors Are Betting That Bike Sharing Is the Next Uber (10-16-2017)
Evolution of Dockless Bike/Bikesharing Designs and Thoughts on the Industry (10-08-2017)
Does the future of transportation include subways like Metro? (09-27-2017)
Why public transportation sucks in the US (09-27-2017)
Trainline launches international API to streamline B2B rail booking (09-25-2017)
Trainline for Business launches international API to streamline European rail experience for businesses (09-24-2017)
SpaceX runs its Tesla (08-31-2017)
Even if Hyperloop fails, public transport will win (08-30-2017)
Gorgeous x (08-21-2017)
Body scanners being piloted in Los Angeles subway system (08-16-2017)
Body scanners being piloted in Los Angeles subway system (08-16-2017)
3GTMS to use project44 APIs (08-15-2017)
Cruise is running an autonomous ride hailing service for employees in SF (08-08-2017)
10 Transportation Trends from State DOT Performance Leaders (08-07-2017)
This visualization shows Airbnb spreading like a virus in Amsterdam (07-17-2017)
Visualizing transit vehicle locations on a map in real (07-09-2017)
Transit payments could boost mobile wallet usage (07-07-2017)
The Kaarta Contour handheld scanner uses LIDAR to map spaces in real time (07-03-2017)
Google Maps now shows real (06-28-2017)
Working with APIs (06-13-2017)
Your roadmap to the Google vs Oracle Java wars (05-25-2017)
An Oral History of the #Hashtag (05-19-2017)
Who Owns Transit Data? (04-09-2017)
D.C. transportation agency tracks buses in real time through mobile intelligence (09-23-2016)
Is Columbus the Future of Urban Transportation? (07-06-2016)
OpenGov Voices: Transit data - a major success story for common data standards (06-20-2016)
Uber + Public Transit: Changing Southern California?s Car Culture (05-18-2016)
To Improve Transit, Be Smart About Delays (05-16-2016)
How Open Data Can Help Encourage More Transit-Oriented Development (03-02-2016)
transitland (06-05-2015)
Aggregate the Los Angeles realtime bus feed (06-05-2015)
Google Maps adds real-time public transit arrivals in three U.S. cities, UK, Netherlands (06-02-2015)
Free and Open Source your Transit System, Now! (02-26-2015)
Hacking for the common good (02-26-2015)
Behind the Wheel: Who Gets to Drive? (02-25-2015)
Civic hackers are already building a better MTA bus tracking system (02-16-2015)
Google Maps API Adds New Transit Directions and Fares (01-24-2015)
Metrocard purchasing workflows compared (01-23-2015)

These are curated as part of my daily work to understand what is happening across the space, and I regularly use them to track on what has occurred overtime, and include them in my guides, whitepapers, and other outputs.

Transit Companies and Organizations

These are the organizations I come across in my research who are doing interesting things in the API space. They could be companies, institutions, government agencies, or any other type of organizational entity. My goal is to aggregate so I can stay in tune with what they are up to and how it impacts the API space.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Official feed of Metro/WMATA, not monitored 24/7. Report emergencies to Transit Police at (202) 962-2121. Service updates @metrorailinfo & @metrobusinfo.

  • Get Predictions
  • JSON - Bus Incidents
  • JSON - Bus Position
  • JSON - Elevator/Escalator Outages
  • JSON - Lines
  • JSON - Next Buses
  • JSON - Next Trains
  • JSON - Parking Information
  • JSON - Path Between Stations
  • JSON - Path Details
  • JSON - Rail Incidents
  • JSON - Routes
  • JSON - Schedule
  • JSON - Schedule at Stop
  • JSON - Station Entrances
  • JSON - Station Information
  • JSON - Station List
  • JSON - Station Timings
  • JSON - Station to Station Information
  • JSON - Stop Search
  • Live Train Positions
  • Standard Routes
  • Track Circuits
  • XML - Bus Incidents
  • XML - Bus Position
  • XML - Elevator/Escalator Outages
  • XML - Lines
  • XML - Next Buses
  • XML - Next Trains
  • XML - Parking Information
  • XML - Path Between Stations
  • XML - Path Details
  • XML - Rail Incidents
  • XML - Routes
  • XML - Schedule
  • XML - Schedule at Stop
  • XML - Station Entrances
  • XML - Station Information
  • XML - Station List
  • XML - Station Timings
  • XML - Station to Station Information
  • XML - Stop Search


Use ParkWhiz to book parking spaces in cities like Chicago & New York, as well as airport parking, stadium & event parking, or daily & monthly parking.

CTA Bus Tracker

Information about CTA bus and train service in and around Chicago. Find maps, schedules, service alerts, plan a trip, jobs, news and more!


The official Twitter feed of the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority. For service alerts/customer service, follow @NYCTSubway, @NYCTBus, @LIRR, @MetroNorth


The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District provides public transportation for areas including Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy.

OC Transpo

Public transit in Canada’s Capital. Service updates: @OCTranspoLive. Transport en commun dans la capitale du Canada. Mises à jour du service: @OCTranspoDirect.


TransLoc is the technology provider of the most flexible agency-owned microtransit solutions for delivering the ultimate rider experience.


TriMet, more formally known as the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, is a public agency that operates mass transit in a region that spans most of the Portland metropolitan area in the US state of Oregon.

Urban Mapping

Crafting commerce through customer information management, location intelligence, customer engagement, shipping, mailing & ecommerce. Customer Service @PBcares.


openOV is a Dutch service that provides app builders with access to current travel information from GOVI, a group that provides travel information for the digital panels at transit stops in the Netherlands. openOV exposes this information to its users via APIs so that developers can integrate it into route planners and similar apps. The openOV website is provided solely in Dutch.


Greater Vancouver’s transportation agency, we tweet all things public transport, including service updates, tips and info!


GeoTrellis Transit provides a REST API for answering questions about travelsheds.

511 Bay Area

511 is your one-stop phone and web source for up-to-the-minute Bay Area traffic, transit, carpool, bicycling, and parking information. Its FREE and available whenever you need it – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – from anywhere in the nine-county Bay Area. Call 511 or visit

  • Lines API
  • Operatorators API
  • San Francisco 511 General Announcements API
  • San Francisco 511 Vehicle Monitoring API
  • Stop Monitoring API
  • Stop Places API
  • Stop Timetable API
  • Stops API
  • Transit Patterns API


The best source of open official public transit data. Maintained by @qzervaas + others

  • Retrieve a list of feeds.
  • Retrieve a list of locations.
  • Retrieve a list of versions of specified (or all) feeds.
  • Retrieve the download URL for the latest version of a feed.

Public Transport Victoria Timetable

The PTV Timetable API provides direct access to Public Transport Victoria’s public transport timetable data. The API returns scheduled timetable, route and stop data for all metropolitan and regional train, tram and bus services in Victoria, including Night Network(Night Train and Night Tram data are included in metropolitan train and tram services data, respectively, whereas Night Bus is a separate route type). The API also returns real-time data for metropolitan train, tram and bus services (where this data is made available to PTV), as well as disruption information, stop facility information, and access to myki ticket outlet data.

  • Get V3 Departures Route Type Route Type Stop Stop
  • Get V3 Departures Route Type Route Type Stop Stop Route Route
  • Get V3 Directions Direction
  • Get V3 Directions Direction Route Type Route Type
  • Get V3 Directions Route Route
  • Get V3 Disruptions
  • Get V3 Disruptions Disruption
  • Get V3 Disruptions Route Route
  • Get V3 Pattern Run Run Route Type Route Type
  • Get V3 Route Types
  • Get V3 Routes
  • Get V3 Routes Route
  • Get V3 Runs Route Route
  • Get V3 Runs Route Route Route Type Route Type
  • Get V3 Runs Run
  • Get V3 Runs Run Route Type Route Type
  • Get V3 Search Search Term
  • Get V3 Stops Location Latitude , Longitude
  • Get V3 Stops Route Route Route Type Route Type
  • Get V3 Stops Stop Route Type Route Type

Transport for London Unified

We are the integrated transport authority responsible for delivering Mayor of London Sadiq Khans strategy and commitments on transport. We run the day-to-day operation of the Capitals public transport network and manage Londons main roads.

  • Accent Stats year
  • Air Quality
  • Bike Point
  • Bike Point
  • Bike Point Search
  • Cabwise search
  • Journey Journey Results from to to
  • Journey Meta Modes
  • Line Meta Disruption Categories
  • Line Meta Modes
  • Line Meta Service Types
  • Line Meta Severity
  • Line Mode modes
  • Line Mode modes Disruption
  • Line Mode modes Route
  • Line Mode modes Status
  • Line Route
  • Line Route Sequence direction
  • Line Search query
  • Line Status severity
  • Line Stop Points
  • Line Timetable from Stop Point Id
  • Line Timetable from Stop Point Id to to Stop Point Id
  • Line s
  • Line s Arrivals
  • Line s Arrivals stop Point Id
  • Line s Disruption
  • Line s Route
  • Line s Status
  • Line s Status Start Date to End Date
  • Mode Active Service Types
  • Mode mode Arrivals
  • Occupancy Bike Points s
  • Occupancy Car Park
  • Occupancy Car Park
  • Occupancy Charge Connector
  • Occupancy Charge Connector s
  • Place
  • Place
  • Place Address Streets Postcode
  • Place Meta Categories
  • Place Meta Place Types
  • Place Search
  • Place Type types
  • Place type At Lat Lon
  • Place type overlay z Lat Lon wth height
  • Road
  • Road Meta Categories
  • Road Meta Severities
  • Road all Disruption disruption Ids
  • Road all Street Disruption
  • Road s
  • Road s Disruption
  • Road s Status
  • Search
  • Search Bus Schedules
  • Search Meta Categories
  • Search Meta Search Provers
  • Search Meta Sorts
  • Stop Point
  • Stop Point Arrivals
  • Stop Point Can Reach On Line line Id
  • Stop Point Crowding line
  • Stop Point Direction To to Stop Point Id
  • Stop Point Meta Categories
  • Stop Point Meta Modes
  • Stop Point Meta Stop Types
  • Stop Point Mode modes
  • Stop Point Mode modes Disruption
  • Stop Point Route
  • Stop Point Search
  • Stop Point Search query
  • Stop Point Service Types
  • Stop Point Sms
  • Stop Point Type types
  • Stop Point place Types
  • Stop Point s
  • Stop Point s Disruption
  • Stop Point stop Point Id Car Parks
  • Stop Point stop Point Id Taxi Ranks
  • Travel Times compare Overlay z mapcenter map Center Lat map Center Lon pinlocation pin Lat pin Lon dimensions wth height
  • Travel Times overlay z mapcenter map Center Lat map Center Lon pinlocation pin Lat pin Lon dimensions wth height
  • Vehicle Emission Surcharge
  • Vehicle Ulez Compliance
  • Vehicle s Arrivals