App crash leaves Washington Metro riders in the lurch

Like most large transit system, the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority makes its real-time data available to third-party developers, with the expectation that they will provide and update smartphone bus-arrival apps. In December, however, one of the most popular apps, NextBus DC, suddenly died. This failure highlights the emerging relationships between public agencies, private data service providers, and app developers. The public is often not aware who is responsible for the services they use.

Reaction to iPhone announcement points to popularity of transit apps

Apple’s new iPhone operating system does not feature a native transit mapping app, and that has many potential users and transportation advocates concerned. A grassroots campaign has been launched to ask Apple to include transit directions. At the same time, Google Maps announced it was adding real-time transit arrival times for six cities.