MTA App Quest Video


About MTA Data

For the MTA App Quest competition, the MTA has made more than a dozen data sets available. Your submission must use at least one of these data sets.

MTA data can be accessed here:

Data sets include:

General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) Schedule Data for

  • New York City Transit Bus (data sets for each of the five boroughs)
  • New York City Transit Subway
  • Long Island Rail Road
  • Metro-North Railroad
  • Long Island Bus
  • MTA Bus Company

Current Service Status (refreshed every minute)

New York City Transit Elevator/Escalator Status (refreshed every 5 minutes)

MTA All-Agency Performance Data

New York City Transit Turnstile Data (refreshed weekly)

New York City Transit Fare Data (refreshed weekly)

Bridges and Tunnels Daily Plaza Traffic Data

Subway Entrance & Exit GIS Data

MTA Bus Time – real time information pilot for the B63 bus route  

Other Transit Data

You can browse other GTFS public transit data at these sites:
GTFS Data Exchange

Additional NY Metro transportation data sets can be found at these sites:
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey – Developer Resources
New York City DOT Data Feeds
New York State DOT GIS Data
511 New York Event Data Feed

Example Apps

Submissions to Apps for MTA will be judged in part on their originality. For some inspiration, ideas, and to see what others have done already, check out the apps below:
MTA App Center
NYC BigApps 2.0 Transportation App Submissions
NYPTA Transit Apps for NY


You can create any type of transit app you want as long as it meets the eligibility requirements. If you’re looking for ideas, here are some potential themes identified by MTA and its riders (use of these themes will not increase the chances of your success):

  • Bus arrival prediction apps
  • Weekend & Late Night Service Changes visualization – mapping of weekend changes
  • Intermodal apps that assist riders in switching between modes of transportation by addressing the problem of timing and synchronization
  • Mashups combining MTA data with third party data in interesting ways
  • Visualization apps that help educate riders about the MTA system
  • Apps to help people with disabilities access the MTA system
  • Sustainability apps that enable customers to keep track of their carbon footprint. Examples might include:
    Carbon footprint calculator – an app that determines your carbon footprint based on your travel patterns, choices and/or lifestyle.
    Pollution prevention – The amount of pollutants reduced as a result of one’s commute on transit. (GHG, PM, NOx, etc.)
    Mode Shift Calculator (a limited carbon avoidance app)– Users enter their origin and destination and the app would compare the environmental consequence of making the trip via a variety of modes, such as by car, by subway, and walking.