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MARTA fail

August 19, 2010
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Those of us over here at the MARTA Rocks! camp think that MARTA, well, rocks. However, a huge MARTA fail is looming over us, and frankly, we’re a little disappointed.

This week saw the launch of Transit Score, an amazing site brought to us by the makers of Walk Score.. This awesomely cool site uses publicly available data to rate the overall transit accessibility of a specific location. The idea is that you would use this information to help find a place to live and you can even get a score on your commute. So head over there and type in your address. We’ll wait.

Lalala.

How’d that work out for you? It didn’t, did it? Atlanta is absent from the party. We’re the largest transit market to not be included.

But why?

Because MARTA is one of the last remaining major agencies that won’t release the data in the standard format, GTFS, or the General Transit Feed Specification. I don’t really know what that means, I’m not going to lie, but how awesome would it be to know how accessible a loft is before you buy it or what your commute would be like before accepting a job offer? But we can’t know, or see fancy smanchy transit hot spot maps of Atlanta because MARTA doesn’t play well with the other transit agencies.

Remember, MARTA, sharing is caring. Don’t you care about us having cool websites to look at?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Debbie permalink
    August 19, 2010 4:18 pm

    This sucks. I’ve forwarded to Marketing as well as a few others who are “working” on it.

  2. January 30, 2012 10:56 am

    Its funny, I called them a few weeks ago asking if they had an API to access transit data. They gentleman on the phone replied, “Why yes we do, you simply call the 800 number press 1 and listen to the recording”. I sighed and just hung up…

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