Building on the success of TravelHack and TravelHack2, ODI Leeds have announced a collaboration with the Department of Transport, giving the opportunity to discuss the open data provision in the Bus Services Act 2017.
Workshops for local authorities, bus operators, transport data providers, digital developers and others, were held in London, Birmingham and Leeds in November and December 2017.
The Department of Transport (DFT) want to build a robust open data policy and platform which will deliver the best outcomes for passengers, and be integrated in into the way the department regulates the industry. TravelHack2 showed the level of engagement and awareness of open data among bus operators. Many do not know what open data is, and how it can be used. These workshops gave the chance to raise the knowledge and use of open data, answering a desire for a more open transport industry where the passenger is put first.
For full details of what was discussed at the workshops, the data used, the DFT survey and an open document for you contribute to, see the hub page All aboard the Data bus!