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MTA Open Data Program

We have renewed our commitment to transparency and to our obligation to share our data publicly. Read here about our evolving Open Data Program plan, latest data releases, and, soon, a comprehensive index to our published data.

Updated January 21, 2022

Our commitment

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 to further our transparency in our October 2021 Transparency Plan.

As a part of this, we have launched a renewed Open Data Program in which we will share substantially more data and make it easier to find and use. We promise to:

  1. Submit all data that we already make public on this website to the NYS Open Data Portal.
  2. Publish the data that we currently release via our monthly Board and Committee books.
  3. Develop by April 2022 a plan and schedule for sharing to the NYS Open Data Portal all publishable agency data.
  4. Implement our plan over the next three years.

Our plan

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. We have begun a comprehensive review of the data we use and produce to identify what we can publish, considering privacy, security, and the balance of value and level of effort to share it. We are currently developing a plan that will outline all data we expect to publish and on what timeline, and will soon begin soliciting public input to help us prioritize within the plan. We expect to release this plan on this page in April 2022.

The Open Data Program plan will be a living document as we develop new datasets, and as we revise and improve previously identified ones.

We are also working with 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. This first phase effort has three parts:

  • 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 will begin publishing the data behind many tables and charts presented in our Board and Committee books.
  • Throughout 2022 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.

Timeline showing activities within the Open Data Program

Progress

  • 13 new datasets, with Bus and Subway performance data, published
  • Chief Customer Officer Sarah Meyer 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 are in the process of hiring an Assistant Director of Open Data Strategy and Analysis to lead the effort day to day.
Published datasets 20
   
Up to date 13
Resolving automated data refresh issues 2
Restructuring data 2
Reviewing data 3

 

Identified for publishing 45    
       
  Datasets   Links
Published to data.ny.gov since Oct 2021 13   -
Uploaded, pending final approval 9   -
Submitted for publishing 1   -
Internal review 9   6
In progress 7   -
Planned -   -
Total 39   6