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­­­Are we all ready to step aboard the open data bus?

The DfT is considering what bus operators and local authorities should have to do to comply with the open data provisions of the Bus Services Act 2017. Beate Kubitz­­ ­reports on a recent seminar held to discuss the challenges

Beate Kubitz­­
19 January 2018
Demand-responsive bus services such as ArrivaClick already offer users real-time information and digital payment
Demand-responsive bus services such as ArrivaClick already offer users real-time information and digital payment

 

The Bus Services Act 2017 enshrines open data provision for the bus industry in law – but what this means in practical terms for local authorities and the industry has yet to be set out. The legislation aims to help passengers find timetables, fares and routes through the release of open data. However, the Open Data Institute believes bus operators have a patchy appreciation of, engagement with and awareness of open data – many still don’t know what it is, how it differs from...

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