Activists Open Up German Public Transport Data

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Activists in Germany have collected and published as open data data on long distance public transport (trains), as well as local public transport for the Berlin area.

Over the course of three months Michael Kreil and other Open Data activists discussed opening up transport data with various public transport providers, without much progress. As these discussions proved fruitless until now, they decided to leapfrog over the issue by gathering and publishing the data themselves, using available web resources as input. The initiative is called Open Plan B.

The data, which covers not only Germany, describes some 300.000 stations and stops, and over a million train and bus lines. All of it is published under a ODbL license.
The Berlin public transport company VBB indicated it will make efforts to improve the way they publish data, which the activists welcome: "When Open Plan B becomes obsolete, it has reached its goal."