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The Many Uses of GTFS Data (Florida Transportation Data Symposium 2014)
Transcript of The Many Uses of GTFS Data (Florida Transportation Data Symposium 2014)
The Many Uses of GTFS Data
Opening the Door to Transit and Multimodal Applications
Florida Transportation Data Symposium
October 2014, Orlando, Florida
Sean Barbeau, Ph.D.
Center for Urban Transportation Research
University of South Florida
What is GTFS?
Producing and Disseminating GTFS Data
Trillium Solutions, Inc.
GTFS = General Transit Feed Specification
Created in 2005 by Google and TriMet
Now a de facto standard, it is is the most popularly-used data format to describe fixed-route transit services in the world
More than 200 transit agencies in the U.S. provide public GTFS data
CSV files describe geo-spatial, schedule, fare, and service calendar information.
Active, evolving standard
The full Spec is at
See following resources for best practices:
Trip planning, maps, and arrival times
Timetable & maps creation
Visualization / contexts
Planning, management & analysis
plane, train, bus, and drive
bike, walk, transit, and drive
fixed-route, specialized demand-responsive
timetables, maps, and destination tables
open-source software to proof and create PDF and HTML timetables
The Transit App
trip planner, arrival estimates
How far can you go using transit?
We’re small and we can’t provide every customized solution people ask for…. making the data available is something that we’re very familiar with so that developers can develop the tools themselves. It’s like having an army of developers available to us.
— Tim McHugh,
CTO of Portland's TriMet
Over the long-term, open data reduces IT burdens on agencies, allows focus on core business
Transit Developers Group
"The Many Uses of GTFS Data"
S. Barbeau, A. Antrim
crowdsourced real-time & overcrowding information (moovitapp.com)
Google Maps for mobile
trip planner, arrival estimates + other Google Maps features
2013 APTA TransITech
"Many Uses of GTFS Data"
"Open Transit Data - A Developer's Perspective"
Web-based Trip Planning Options for Transit Agencies
Report - http://bit.ly/SunRail-Trip-Planning
Webinar - http://bit.ly/TripPlannerOptionsWebcast
Why Open Data is Important to Developers
Webinar - http://bit.ly/CUTRWebcastOpenTransitData
3rd Party Apps May Not Fill All Needs
Agencies may need to supplement with own GTFS-based services
Open-source software is key enabler
OpenTripPlanner (OpenTripPlanner.org) - Multimodal trip planning
OneBusAway (OneBusAway.org) - Real-time info
Florida GTFS Data
Broward County Transit*
Manatee County Area Transit*
Martin County Public Transit
Polk County Transit Services
Space Coast Area Transit*
Regional Transit System (Gainesville)
Miami Dade Transit*
Central Florida Regional Transit Authority (Lynx)*
Florida Department of Transportation (SunRail)
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority*
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit*
Sumter County Transit
Winter Haven Area Transit
* Verified open data
open-source - apps for arrival estimates/service alerts, tools
trip planner, arrival times, bike share (5 U.S. cities)
Oregon Transit Network Analysis Tool
real-time trip planner, bikeshare
NYC Transit Service - Superstorm Sandy 2013
Standards, rather than application-centric data helps agencies develop, deploy, and maintain integrated systems
TAP by Transit Labs
performance and financial management