Open Source Software and Open Data: What are They and How to Use Them

  • Date: December 11, 2020

The use of open source software in the transit industry has been growing rapidly in order to provide an alternative to proprietary software, which has dominated the industry in the past. With open source software, transit agencies are not locked into one software vendor. Leveraging both open software and open data can provide transit agencies with flexibility and tools to address certain challenges in their systems, either internally or with partnering entities. This white paper will define and explain what these two terms mean, what open source software and open data each can and cannot deliver for transit systems in rural, tribal, and small urban areas, and what early adopters of these each of these types of technology are already finding.

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