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For Metro Riders, There Will Soon Be "An App For That"

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Independent software developers could get a shot at creating the ultimate D.C. Metro iPhone app.
Independent software developers could get a shot at creating the ultimate D.C. Metro iPhone app.

By David Schultz

Metro is planning on giving away, for free, a mountain of raw data. It wants someone, anyone, to take this data and turn it into an app, something its riders can use on their phones or their computers to track where buses and trains are in real time.

The release of this data, scheduled for later this summer, could be a boon to independent software developers. They'd been requesting for years that Metro make its data public.

Other big cities, like Chicago, San Francisco and New York City already have, and the apps there are flourishing. Metro will release more details on this data project at its Board of Directors meeting tomorrow afternoon.

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