Transit Wiki for shared notes and rapid research

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Wikipedia changed what we imagine is possible in an online resource collaboratively edited by millions of volunteer subject matter experts. TransitWiki aims to become a rich library of practice and research information for public transportation. Every day, transit professionals are documenting current practice and conducting research. If more of this happened in a central resource, making it quick and easy to share information, we could all uncover new information more quickly and avoid continual reinvention of the wheel. That’s TransitWiki.

For an example of what is in TransitWiki, check out the page on GTFS. As part of the GTFS information, Sean Barbeau and I built out a directory of GTFS-consuming applications. Check out the many varieties of GTFS applications, and add a few more! Here is a discussion of stop naming conventions borrowed from the SF Bay Area’s MTC.

Imagine if even more agencies were sharing their practice through TransitWiki, and, further, if research from programs like TCRP was in this collaborative, quick-publish space: it would become easier to discover, discuss, and implement new practices and technologies. Try a search and edit a page to add your knowledge. Here is another idea: next time you hire a consultant to do research, require that they deliver appropriate research through TransitWiki — it holds your consultant more accountable and, further, benefits the entire transit community.

Get in touch if you would like help editing a page on TransitWiki.

The The UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, through a project led by Juan Matute, manages TransitWiki. The project was begun, and is maintained with funding from the  Caltrans Division of Rail and Mass Transportation.

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.