Transport for West Midlands open data projects
There are a huge mix of different data sources that help define transport policy, performance and delivery, and it can be really difficult for local and regional authorities to collect, utilise and deliver this data in a coherent way to improve services.
In the Data Discovery Centre at Traffex 2-4 April 2019, you will learn how Transport for West Midlands are tackling this problem, through two live projects:
– the Real Journey Times project
– Open data platform and Insight Service to improve Network Resilience
TfWM Real Journey Times project
This project is a live use case of the collaborative, practical innovation approach that is becoming a hallmark of data sharing in the West Midlands.
Read this blogpost ‘How long with your bus journey ‘really’ be’, to learn how this project evolved through collaborative innovation and partnership.
Representatives from Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), Birmingham City Council, Transport API and also Tom Forth will be on hand to show you this work, and explain what it means for bus reliability, customer experience in the West Midlands.
- Real Journey Times challenge
- Collaborative development with ODI Leeds and Tom Forth:
- Real Journey Times tool: https://www.realjourneytime.co.uk/
- ODI Leeds blog: https://odileeds.org/blog/2018-09-27-real-journey-time
- Brum Data Hack: http://deft153.com/birmingham-highways-data-challenge-2016/hack-teams/
- Productisation by TransportAPI for inclusion as part of the National Express West Midlands app
- benefits of using of the Real Journey Times API tool in Birmingham City Council (see Andy Radford from Birmingham City Council leading his own data prototyping activities on stand, in Pod 2)
Open data platform and Insight Service to improve Network Resilience
TfWM Insight for Network Resilience
– Introduction and overview (slide deck) from Stuart Lester, TfWM Data Innovation Lead
Regional Transport Command and Control Centre (RTCC)
”The first phase of the package will see a Regional Transport Coordination Centre (RTCC) set up by the end of this year  to provide transport bosses with an ‘at a glance’ view of the whole transport system; helping them to identify and solve problems more quickly, as congestion builds”
Concessionary Bus Pass ticket holders data analysis
Analysis of bus journeys by ENCTS card holders undertaken by colleagues at University College London, working as part of the Consumer Data Research Centre.
(The findings have been presented in a map, which is publicly availablehere (http://commute.datashine.org.uk/wm/#mode=d01_06_2016&direction=from&msoa=E02001918&zoom=13&lon=-1.8863&lat=52.4513) which allows you to click on an Middle Layer Super Output Area (MSOA) and it will show you the flows to other MSOAs.)