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The Many Uses of GTFS Data (Florida Transportation Data Symposium 2014)

Sean Barbeau, Aaron Antrim
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Transcript of The Many Uses of GTFS Data (Florida Transportation Data Symposium 2014)

Open data facilitates innovation
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.
barbeau@cutr.usf.edu

Center for Urban Transportation Research
University of South Florida
www.cutr.usf.edu
Aaron Antrim
aaron@trilliumtransit.com

What is GTFS?
Producing and Disseminating GTFS Data
Trillium Solutions, Inc.
www.trilliumtransit.com
Portland, Oregon
Understand applications
and benefits

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
https://developers.google.com/transit/gtfs/reference
See following resources for best practices:
Trip planning, maps, and arrival times
Timetable & maps creation
Visualization / contexts
Accessibility
Planning, management & analysis
Google Maps
rome2rio.com
OpenTripPlanner
ITO Go
BrailleNote
www.senderogroup.com
www.opentripplanner.org
plane, train, bus, and drive
bike, walk, transit, and drive
google.com/transit
OneClick
fixed-route, specialized demand-responsive
timetables, maps, and destination tables
itoworld.com/static/go.html
TimeTable Publisher
open-source software to proof and create PDF and HTML timetables
timetablepublisher.org
The Transit App
trip planner, arrival estimates
www.thetransitapp.com
Walk Score
Apartment Search
www.walkscore.com
Mapnificent
How far can you go using transit?
www.mapnificent.net
OpenTripPlanner Analyst
bit.ly/OTP-Analyst-Blog
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
Additional resources
Transit Developers Group
http://bit.ly/transit-developers
"The Many Uses of GTFS Data"
S. Barbeau, A. Antrim
bit.ly/uses-of-gtfs
bit.ly/ITSPaper-ManyUsesGTFS
Moovit
crowdsourced real-time & overcrowding information (moovitapp.com)
Google Maps for mobile
trip planner, arrival estimates + other Google Maps features
www.google.com/mobile/maps
This presentation:
bit.ly/FlDataGTFS
2013 APTA TransITech
"Many Uses of GTFS Data"
http://bit.ly/Z8VWJZ
"Open Transit Data - A Developer's Perspective"
http://bit.ly/TransITech-Open-Transit-Data
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
Concluding thoughts
Florida GTFS Data
Broward County Transit*
Manatee County Area Transit*
Martin County Public Transit
Palm Tran
Polk County Transit Services
SFRTA/Tri-Rail*
Space Coast Area Transit*
Votran
Regional Transit System (Gainesville)
Lakeland*
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
More?

* Verified open data
OneBusAway
open-source - apps for arrival estimates/service alerts, tools
onebusaway.org
Transit Mix
transitmix.com
Citymapper
trip planner, arrival times, bike share (5 U.S. cities)
www.citymapper.com
Oregon Transit Network Analysis Tool
http://1.usa.gov/1xftbho
OpenTripPlanner (Android)
real-time trip planner, bikeshare
bit.ly/OpenTripPlanner-for-Android
NYC Transit Service - Superstorm Sandy 2013
Before
After
Standards, rather than application-centric data helps agencies develop, deploy, and maintain integrated systems
Application-centric
architecture
Data standards-centric
architecture
TAP by Transit Labs
performance and financial management
www.transitlabs.com
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