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Learn from the Experts: Open Data Policy Guidelines for Transit - Part II


As transit agencies continue to address increasing service demands and decreasing budgets, maximizing technology and data investments through open data policies is necessary to retain and attract customers. Webinar participants will be introduced to the opportunities that open data provide and the challenges to overcoming technology and implementation strategies. This session will also focus on the legalities of open data in transit, including copyright laws, licensing, political and legal barriers, customer perceptions, confidentiality, governance, and economic development.

Attendees should expect to learn about the benefits of open data policies and how transit agencies have successfully partnered with private entities to produce more real-time schedule information through the use and sharing of data. This informative webinar will serve as a foundation for developing transit agencies' guidelines to share schedule and real-time data. This session will highlight the experiences of several transit agencies that have had long histories of producing and sharing real-time and scheduled data for customers and private sector third party developers.

Part I of this webinar, “Learn from the Legal Experts: Open Data Policy Guidelines for Transit - Maximizing Real Time and Schedule Data Use and Investments,” was broadcasted on December 5, 2013. See T3 Webinar archive link:

Learning Objectives:

This webinar will:

  • Offer guidelines for transit agencies seeking to share schedule and real-time data;
  • Provide examples of business models for data sharing and challenges through case studies;
  • Establish a long-term vision of moving beyond sharing data to measuring its impact;
  • Showcase the lessons learned and best practices of sharing open data;
  • Determine what characteristics are important to transit agencies when implementing new systems for data sharing; and
  • Discuss the sharing of open data, legal ownership of real-time and schedule information, legal challenges, and the political liability of open data.

Cost: Free

Course Credit Requirements: View PDH Policy

Course Credit: 1.5 PDH


Charlene M. Wilder, Transportation Management Specialist, Federal Transit Administration, U.S. DOT, (Washington, D.C.)


Mr. Martin Catala, Manager, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Informatics Group, Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), University of South Florida.

Dr. Larry W. Thomas, J.D., Ph.D, founder of The Thomas Law Firm in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Lou Milrad, B.A., LL.B, founder of MilradLaw in Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Kari Edison Watkins, PE, PhD, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr. Dan Overgaard, Supervisor, Systems Development and Operations, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA.

Target Audience

  • Transit operations and customer information managers, developers of transit applications, consultants, vendors, academia, government officials, including those in local, State, and Federal Departments of Transportation (DOTs), and any other individuals or entities involved in the design, procurement, deployment, integration, management or evaluation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and traveler information technologies.
  • Those wanting to learn more about open data policies, state-of-the-art technologies, legal governance, economic benefits, licensing, copyrights of open data sharing and use.


Operations Area of Practice

    Real Time Traveler Information
    ITS standards and specifications
    Interagency Agreements / Cooperation / MOUs
    Communicating Reliability Information
    Data Acquisition, Support and Hosting
    System Performance Definition, Monitoring and Reporting

Organizational Capability Element

    Standards and Interoperability
    Traveler Information
    Vehicle Systems/Connected Vehicles
    Testing, Verification & Validation (V&V)
    Local government/MPO/RTPA cooperation

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Content Type

Photo / Video

Role in Organization

Transportation Planner
Senior Engineer
Principal Engineer
Senior Manager
Transit Professional
Associate Engineer

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Prime Contractor
Intelligent Transportation Systems Professional Capacity Building Program
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