IBI Group helps MBTA track Green Line train locations

MBTA in Boston has announced the availability of real-time data for its Green Line light rail to software application developers.

Date

October 24, 2014

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in Boston has announced the availability of real-time data for its Green Line light rail operation to software application developers.

Data for the Green Line Tracking System (GLTS) are being released in phases. The first phase – tracking train locations on the surface portion of the Green line – is available now. Other phases, such as tracking trains in underground portions, followed by station arrival time predictions for the entire Green Line network, are planned for completion next year.

As the phases roll out, developers will be able to offer web and mobile applications to provide real-time information to Green Line customers, similar to other MBTA services. The first mobile apps incorporating the first phase of data are already available.

“Today marks an important milestone in one of the most highly-anticipated projects the MBTA has undertaken in recent years,” said Richard A. Davey, MassDOT Secretary and CEO.

“IBI Group is pleased to have had the opportunity to work with the MBTA since 2010 on advancements in the availability of real-time information for MBTA buses and rail services,” said Carl-Henry Piel, Director of IBI Group’s Boston office.

He added: “We are especially proud to have worked on the development of the Green Line Tracking System, which provides operational support to the MBTA and real-time information to its customers. We look forward to seeing this long- awaited information on the Green Line reaching the customers who rely on America’s first subway.”

IBI Group’s role in developing GLTS included:

  • Requirements development and assistance for GPS devices on trains and development of middleware to support tracking on the surface portions
  • Design development and specification of devices and fiber optic network to track trains in the underground portions
  • Design development and assistance for processing data from multiple sources.

In addition, the Green Line data are being released through the MBTA-realtime API, which was designed and developed by IBI Group. The IBI team, led by Ritesh Warade, also developed the MBTA’s service alerts platform for entering service changes and disruptions.

Completion of the GLTS will bring the Green Line, parts of which date to 1897, up to the level of passenger information available for other MBTA services. An estimated 230,000 daily passengers will benefit directly from the GLTS, which will also improve the visibility of Green Line operations to dispatchers in the MBTA’s Operations Control Center.

Other links:
MBTA press release
WBUR (NPR)
Boston Globe

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