Open Data & Transportation


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New York City’s public transportation system is massive. The bus system has over 16,000 stops and serves roughly 2.4 million riders on an average weekday. The subway system has over 400 stations and serves roughly 5.7 million riders on an average weekday. With such high volume, it’s important that riders have access to information about the system and transit workers & planners have access to data from previous years to make decisions about the system’s future.

The New York City open data portal has information about where subway and bus stations are located along with information about taxi medallions on the market, parking regulations, parking meters, traffic data, ferry schedules, WalkNYC, and bridges.

In addition to the open data portal, the MTA has several reporting dashboards with data about services history. For example, the subway has data about customer wait times and major incidents. Riders can also sign up to get alerts about changes in subway, bus, train, and bridge/tunnel service.

Despite all of these resources, many people who use public transportation in the city complain that the data provided is not up-to-date or is insufficient. See a problem in information delivery? Consider submitting feedback to the MTA or additional public data sets on the open data portal.

Have you used NYC’s open data portal get information about public transportation? Let us know by sending an email to or sharing on social media using the #nyc #opendata.

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