Updated September 29, 2022
Our open data plan
The MTA moves millions of people every day, and we work hard to build trust and confidence in MTA services. It’s critical that public transit is safe, reliable, and fast — and that the public has input on our ongoing efforts to improve. We aim to share as much data that is in the public interest as we can, and to work with the community to understand their priorities.
Now, as part of our ongoing Open Data Program, we have published a plan that will outline all data we expect to publish and on what timeline. The plan includes information from nearly 100 datasets, including on-time performance metrics, bus speeds, customer journey-focused metrics, ridership, and more.
The Open Data Program plan will be a living document as we develop new datasets, and as we revise and improve previously identified ones. It will help us achieve our joint mission with NYS ITS to increase responsiveness, improve knowledge of our operation, and respond to needs identified by the public.
The MTA is committed to being open and accountable to the public, and today has a robust program to share a wide array of information. We welcome external review and validation of our work, and value the increased trust in our work that will bring. We also value third-party use of our data in innovative ways: to provide better customer information and service, and to propose new analytical approaches our teams can consider and use. You can read more about what we’re doing beyond Open Data to further our transparency in our October 2021 Transparency Plan.
Under our renewed Open Data Program, we have begun to share substantially more data and make it easier to find and use. We promise to:
- Submit all data that we already make public on this website to the NYS Open Data Portal.
- Publish the data that we release via our monthly Board and Committee books.
- Publish our plan and schedule for sharing to the NYS Open Data Portal all publishable agency data (completed in April 2022).
- Implement our plan over the next two years.
Within our Open Data plan, we are working the Open NY team to publish all the data that we already release publicly to the NYS Open Data Portal, which will serve as the centralized home for our raw data.
- We already share a considerable amount of data: for example, schedule and real time information about our services and performance data on our dashboards. These datasets will be centralized. In the interim, we're sharing key performance indicators (KPIs); we will expand in the future to include rawer source data.
- In February 2022 we began publishing the data previously presented in our Board and Committee books (now available at metrics.mta.info).
- In September 2022 we launched metrics.mta.info (beta) to directly connect our Board and Committee book visuals to open data.
- Throughout 2022 and 2023 we will continue to improve the quality and granularity of this data, and develop automated processes to ensure that it is kept up to date.
- Published 42 new datasets since October 2021
- 1 additional new dataset submitted for publishing
- Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer Jon Kaufman has been appointed as our Data Coordinator, leading the MTA's open data practice and ensuring we are compliant with the MTA Open Data Act.
- We recently formed an agency-wide Data and Analytics team who will lead the Open Data program.
|Total published datasets||62|
|Up to date||57|
|Resolving automated data refresh issues||2|
|Identified for publishing since Oct 2021||80|
|Published to data.ny.gov since Oct 2021||40||2|
|Uploaded, pending final approval||1||-|
|Submitted for publishing||-||2|