With over 31 million daily journeys on the Transport for London (TfL) network and London’s population expected to grow to 10m by 2030, the capital’s transport system must keep pace with the increasing number of people who need it. A key element is engaging with customers by providing them with the right information at the right time.
TfL has been driving innovation through making its data open and accessible beyond TfL - 42% of Londoners now get information about their journey whether it’s about knowing where their next bus is, delays to service, cycle routes or traffic information.
With over 12,000 developers we now have over 600 apps powered by TfL data. The same data is also used to power TfL’s website, used by 83% of Londoners.
The 12,000 developers vary in style and focus. Our data is used by:
- Large scale platform owners - Apple, Google, Twitter and Waze
- A wide range of transit app providers
- Start-ups, such as the Nitrous cohort
- Academic institutions
- Car and infrastructure manufacturers and others
Through programmes such as this one with Nitrous, it’s great to see brilliant ideas and concepts being developed which could support London’s agenda. We have already had some positive discussions and I’m looking forward to seeing how these ideas are taken forward.
If you are a developer, feel free to view our blog and our Tech Forum where you will have the opportunity to have a look at the latest information on our open data, as well as engage with other developers and our development team to discuss ideas in much more detail.
You can register for our data through api.tfl.gov.uk.
Rikesh Shah is Lead Partnerships Manager at Transport for London.