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Jul. 15, 2013 10:30 am

Philly Parking Authority’s first data release: locations of red-light cameras

The data release suggests that the PPA is making a move to embrace innovation. The agency is not known for accepting change, seen most recently when on demand car service Sidecar was forced to shut down due to PPA issues.
Updated 7/15/13 5:25 p.m. to add a map of red-light cameras made with the data and to add more details on City Commissioner Al Schmidt's involvement with the data release.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) has jumped into the open data movement. Its first offering: the locations of the city’s 111 red light cameras.

See the data here. Find a map of the red light cameras here in a side project from developer Tom Mount.

This data release is notable, for one, because the PPA does not answer to the mayor (it’s governed by a state-appointed board) and does not necessarily have to follow the Mayor’s Open Data Executive Order. Philly’s open data movement has seen buy-in from other non-city agencies, like the School District and SEPTA.

The release also suggests that the PPA is making a move to embrace innovation. The agency is not known for accepting change, seen most recently when on demand car service Sidecar was forced to shut down due to PPA issues. But its efforts around social media has suggested interest in changing that brand.

City Commissioner and PPA board member Al Schmidt was “instrumental” in getting the data release process started, said Chief Data Officer Mark Headd. Schmidt was appointed to the PPA board in September.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia’s surrounding counties are considering whether or not to install their own red light cameras.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes was Technical.ly's editorial product lead after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

  • Tom Mount
    • Juliana Reyes

      Thanks Tom! Sorry to respond so late. We’ll run this.

  • Jake

    Good to hear. PPA, keep it up with both the red light cameras and the data releases. Just had a guy blow a red light at the University City Ave bridge, a block away from the redlight cameras. It wasn’t a ‘rolling through the yellow’ sort of violation, but an obvious 5+ seconds after the light turned red. He blew through while going through at 30mph, could have easily gotten t-boned and really jacked up. I hope more red light cameras stop this blatant disregard for the law and safety.

  • Ken Lin

    http://kenlin.com/x/2json/philadelphia-red-light-camera-locations.html directly geocodes the opendataphilly red light camera locations

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