Looking for Muni updates on your iPhone? You'll have to fight NextBus Information Systems for it.
If you're looking for a great application to help you navigate buses and trains run by San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Authority, you're out of luck for now.
That's because a company called NextBus Information Systems claims that any data published about arrival times for the agency's fleet are its property.
A similar iPhone application, MuniTime, has also tangled with NBIS over rights to access and publish the data.
It's also news to the SFMTA, with a spokesman telling the San Francisco Appeal that the data is owned by Muni and the public has a right to access it however they please.
So next time you get frustrated with Muni service, don't just blame public agencies -- private companies are apparently quite capable of throwing wrenches into the system as well.Photo by Daniel Catt.
Jackson West is actually glad that Muni can't be blamed for a change.