SAVE THE DATE: WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16th 2011, 10:00-11:00AM EST
A Webinar from the National Center for Transit Research's Transit GIS Clearinghouse:
Real-Time Bus Tracking and Customer Information in New York City: MTA's Open Approach
to Doing it Faster and Cheaper
The objectives of this webinar are to:
* Inform other members of the transit and agency community regarding MTA's
approach to developing and implementing a real-time bus tracking and customer information
system at reduced costs and schedules
* Offer lessons learned to peers considering a similar approach
* Elicit interest among other agencies for co-investment in the open source,
software package powering the back end of MTA's system
This Webinar will explain Metropolitan Transit Authority's (MTA) approach to
developing its real-time bus tracking and customer information system (branded "MTA
Bus Time") for its fleet of 6,000 buses and 2.5 million daily, bus riders in New York
City. Mr. Michael Frumin will discuss the technical and procurement/contracting
strategies that are allowing MTA to achieve its customer-facing and internal objectives
for the project. These customer-facing objectives include minimizing the time to deliver
the MTA Bus Time service to customers, and making the information widely available to all
customers wherever, whenever, and however they may want it. The internal objectives are
primarily to minimize both the capital and whole-life cost of the project, as well as to
maintain the flexibility to change the system over time as technologies and needs evolve.
The strategies to achieve these objectives are many. Among the most critical are the
adoption of mobile and internet-based delivery of customer information; provisioning of
free, publically available developer API's; use of open standard interfaces and
commercially available technology components; sharing of on-bus infrastructure between
projects and systems; open source software licensing; and MTA adopting the role of the
overall systems integrator willing to contract with multiple vendors.
Michael Frumin is the Systems Engineering Manager for MTA's Bus Customer Information
Systems (Bus CIS, aka "MTA Bus Time") project.In this capacity, he leads the
technical portion of MTA's effort to develop a real-time bus tracking and customer
information system which, when complete, will track a fleet of nearly 6,000 buses and
serve over 2.5 million daily riders via a variety of web and mobile interfaces.Michael
joined the MTA Bus Time team while finishing a graduate program at MIT in Transportation
and Operations Research. Prior to MIT, he worked as a software developer and researcher at
an open source R&D lab, a $4 billion hedge fund, and a number of internet startups. A
consistent thread throughout his work has been open-licensed or otherwise online,
publically accessible data streams, and the use and development of open source software.
Michael lives in Brooklyn, NY, very close to where he grew up.He attended public schools
in New York City and studied Computer Science at Stanford University.Michael has commuted
and traveled via public transportation his entire life, including once traveling half way
around the world (a good portion on the Trans-Siberian Railway), only to have to turn
around and fly home the way he came.
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