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Coders nudge Port Authority toward open data

The chief technology officer of the Port Authority hopes to make more of the agency's data available to outside developers, in part inspired by a recent PATH train-focused project at a hackathon and a data science school.

Three students from our schoosl, Alex, Tim and Sylvie, analyzed PATH turnstile data to produce a visualization showing the circumstances leading to morning crowding on the trains from New Jersey to New York City.

"They created a really compelling visualization of PATH ridership between stations," said Robert Galvin, the Port Authority's C.T.O.

He said it gave the Port Authority an opportunity to explore how more advanced visualizations tools could inform the planning process, and said that he was interested in more partnerships with outside groups.