The New Orleans RTA has released the first round of transit data available for download and use by software developers.
The RTA has long been known as a convenient and inexpensive way to travel the city. Since 1835, the RTA has grown to include 3 streetcar lines and 32 bus routes. The system is continually improving and rebuilding upon its roots. The city plans on making real-time data available, which will continue to modernize to system.
Rachel Heiligman Executive Director of Transport for NOLA, explains why this is a big step for the RTA:
“We’re excited about this data set being public and look forward to seeing what people come up with – our hope is that this data can be combined with other data sets like bike routes to begin to create multi-modal transportation trip planning apps.”
The GTFS feed, which provides the RTA’s map and schedule, data can be accessed using the following instructions:
1) Go to www.norta.com
2) Set up a MyRTA account
3) Choose Data Subscription
4) Agree to License Agreement
5) You will receive download instructions.