Transit data is the lifeblood of Transit: everything else depends on it. When our data team does do a good job, life is serene like a Tuscany sunset. Users just open the app, and everything miraculously works! Little do they know how many disparate datasets we have to wrangle, how many transit agency websites we have to monitor, how many sadistic bugs are out there waiting to pounce, how truly complex the “simplicity” of Transit’s app belies... there’s never a dull moment when disruptions, strikes, last-minute network changes, and other mystery forces join together to threaten our users’ with a missed bus or train.
But not on your watch!
As our newest Transit Data Specialist, you’ll be as busy as a bullet train, crawling OpenStreetMap, Wikipedia, Twitter, and other sources for the latest transit agency news (even if it’s not yet reflected in official data feeds), patching together data feeds where official ones don’t exist (like the location of station entrances or accessible transit stops), and helping improve our automated tools — ones which minimize the number of bad ETAs, and ensure the reliability of Transit’s data.
Your familiarity with public transit networks and your unflappable resourcefulness will keep us one step ahead of all the other apps out there: helping us map transit networks that everyone else thought were too tricky, broadening the types of data that our users have access to (like real-time vehicle crowding), and making sure that every Transit user gets to experience that magical feeling of “wow, it just works?” no matter their city, no matter the weirdness of the underlying data sources.
If you’re cunning, curious, and excited to make public transit more reliable for millions of riders across 200+ cities? Give us a holler!