Transportation is a major metropolitan issue, with direct impacts on economic strength, environmental sustainability, and social equity. Recent advances in technology (“web 2.0”, mobile computing, open source software, open data, and spatial analysis) present an opportunity to improve mobility more immediately and at a lower cost than has ever been possible in the past. In support of these trends, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) recently decided to continually release real-time transit vehicle location data to software developers free of charge.In response, a coalition of transit advocates and developers are hosting a TransportationCamp, which will serve as a forum to exchange and encourage ideas about how users can leverage real-time transit data to improve their region’s transit services.
TransportationCamps have been held in 4 different cities – DC, San Francisco, New York, and Montreal – since 2011. This TransportationCamp will be the first in the City of Atlanta and the Southern United States. This is a great opportunity for communities around the South to benefit from their large developer communities, which include committed users of all transportation modes. The event will take place on Saturday, February 9th from 9:30AM to 5PM at the Georgia Institute of Technology. To register and learn more, visit the event’s website at transportationcamp.org/south