In June of 2012, members of the nycTWG wrote to Joseph Lhota, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, with seven transparency initiatives which would increase organizational efficiency, reduce costs, and eliminate archaic business practices. Shortly thereafter, Director Lhota responded favorably to our suggestions. Read the nycTWG’s letter here, and the response from the MTA here.
Today, on October 1, 2012, the MTA announced in a press release that they were following the nycTWG’s recommendation to implement an email and text alert archive for service disruptions, as well as a real-time RSS feed of service changes. Each entry contains the date and time of the message, the MTA agency that sent the alert, and the full text of the message.