William Lachance on “Creating a google transit feed for fun and profit”

Just wanted to send a shout out for William Lachance, who created a Google Transit feed and trip planner, hbcus.ca, for Halifax Metro Transit as a volunteer.

He described the process he used to gather location information and include it with schedule data on his blog post “Creating a google transit feed for fun and profit.”

The post gives a window into some of the issues involved in creating Google Transit feeds in situations where bus stop location information and schedule information is not available in a standardized format (this is the case for almost all of Trillium’s small clients).  It also shows some of the ways the Google Transit Feed Specification is being applied outside of Google Transit.

Below, a screenshot of hbus.ca.


Aaron is the founding principal of Trillium Solutions, Inc. He brings experience that includes 12 years of web-development with 8 years in public transportation, with knowledge of fixed-route transportation, paratransit, rural transportation, and active transportation modes. Aaron is a recognized expert in developing data standards, web-application design, digital communications, and online marketing strategy. He originally developed Trillium’s GTFS Manager, and has played a key role in the development of the GTFS data specification since 2007.