Albuquerque Live Bus Tracker

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Architecture and Planning

The City of Albuquerque has put out a lot of good data and they have done so in several different formats. There is one data set that I love and despise at the same time – the Real Time Bus data. I love it because I think it is an excellent example of open data. It is extremely useful as it is updated every minute. I despise it because it is in KML. I will give the City the benefit of the doubt and assume they have done this because their software for tracking the buses uses KML by default so it was an easy choice – just spit out what we already have.

As a developer, KML is worthless to me. I want a stream of data in JSON or CSV. I have struggled with what to do for some time now – ignore the bus data or…

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