Private Data Islands or Public Data Oasis?

Why cities need mandatory mobility APIs

Public, real-time Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
are critical pieces of data infrastructure that facilitate multimodal, multi-operator trips, promote a fair and competitive mobility marketplace, and enable the public to help determine whether a public mobility program’s goals are being met.

While NGOs have drafted initial principles that promote public APIs for services that operate on public streets, there is still a lack of specific guidance about how to require these important open real-time feeds. With this policy paper, we point to specific examples as best practices for public, real-time API policies.

We also look to the future, envisioning what mobility APIs can achieve beyond simply conveying real-time availability information, with a focus on the evolution of payment APIs.

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