MTA Open Data and upcoming ridership release

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MTA Open Data

May 4, 2023, 5:05:34 PM5/4/23
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Hi MTA developers! Did you know that the MTA shares data beyond the real time feeds at through our open data program?

One dataset we are excited to release later this month on is hourly ridership by station and fare payment method on the subway. The launch of this dataset will retire the weekly turnstile data files that are published here ( | Turnstile Data) as this data, somewhat confusingly, does not account for riders who pay with OMNY.

We are very excited to bring you a more granular and better dataset soon and look forward to your feedback on what other data you'd like to see. You can read more about our open data program and ways to reach out here: MTA Open Data Program.

MTA Open Data

May 18, 2023, 2:45:09 PM5/18/23
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Hi all -- you can check out the new hourly ridership datasets here:

More historic data and granularity to come this summer!

May 19, 2023, 12:22:39 PM5/19/23
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I'm ambivalent after my first glance at the subway data. 

I'm certainly happy the data is being presented with hourly granularity. It's a lot better than the turnstile data from which totals could be calculated on a 4 hour basis. What was worse is that the 4 hour boundaries were not consistent, even on a single line. 15 minute granularity would have been better to gauge whether schedules matched demand.

I also used the turnstile exits that were recorded on the turnstile data to gauge how well service met demand. The new dataset would be a definite minus, if this data were to disappear.

May 19, 2023, 12:41:56 PM5/19/23
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I hope the bus data is in its pre-alpha development stage.

Only "All" data was available for bus route info. I'd like a lot more granularity.

I assume that individual bus route info will become available on an hourly basis. This is a lot better than waiting for the yearly fare data on the MTA website.

I believe the data would be more useful, if two additional items were included.

The MTA lumps local and limited bus services together. The only way to distinguish them is through the gtfs static schedules by trip id. I don't know whether the MTA will make a similar distinction for SBS and local routes that nominally have the same route id. 

The second item would be providing data granularity by route segments, as well as by route id. It's important to know when there is demand. It's equally important to know, where that demand is located. I've tried to estimate this info from the passenger count on the gtfs-rt feed. This data is missing from too many trips to make me feel confident in this data.

Just my two cents.

MTA Open Data

Jun 1, 2023, 11:39:15 AM6/1/23
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Hi Stephen,

We are actively working to provide route-level information in the bus dataset and are aiming for an update at the end of June.

The MTA Open Data Team
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