Transitland, towards a more robust open-source transit software stack — interview with Drew Dara-Abrams

Transitland is opening up doors to conveniently find and use transit data (see Thomas’s earlier June 2016 Trillium blog post on Transitland). To get a full understanding of the Transitland project, its ambitions, and the opportunities it is opening, I talked with Drew Dara-Abrams (Twitter: @drewdaraabrams), head of mobility products at Mapzen. Below is the full text of our interview. Thank you, Drew, for…

VTrans ride-matching software survey

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) intends to procure services for online ride-matching (carpool) for the State of Vermont. The anticipated RFP release date is in early August 2016. In advance, VTrans is conducting a survey in order to develop a feasible scope of work that might support application interoperability. If you have thoughts about ride-matching…

GTFS and its potential around the world

The World Bank and other international development agencies have recognized the value of interoperable transportation data formats — GTFS in particular — for improving traveler information resources and transportation system planning processes around the world. The February 2015 Urban Transport and ICT Capacity Building (PDF) report is worth a read. This is Holly Krambeck‘s completion report on the World Bank’s efforts…

Multimodal transportation data formats (& gaps) roundup, July 2016

How do we describe the whole transportation network? Introduction: towards comprehensive data The multimodal transportation network is greater than the sum of its parts. Abundant mode options — including public transit, bikeshare, carshare, ride hailing (TNC), rideshare, and vanpool — complement each other to serve different travel needs efficiently. But a transportation network with so many dimensions…