NY Transportation Authority Cites Schedules as Copyrighted Material

From ReadWriteWeb NY Transportation Authority Cites Schedules as Copyrighted Material
The NY MTA is trying to take-down an iPhone application that delivers train schedules. Another example of appalling over-reach on copyright. Presumably they will lose if this goes to court, buy why do they even bother?
All transit schedules (and traffic counts, and traffic signal timings, and any other transportation data you can imagine) should be free, open, and in a standard, documented, machine-readable format.