A Consortium Approach to Transit Data Interoperability

Earlier in 2016, I posted a transportation data specifications & gaps roundup on the Trillium blog. Our increasingly complicated and powerful multimodal transportation network is missing important pieces because there are not standardized agreed on data formats to describe various modes (like demand-responsive transportation) and to support various functions (like fare payment). Rocky Mountain Institute…

rome2rio – latest updates to international travel search

I’ve long admired, rome2rio, an impressive international travel search engine that enables journey planning across air, ferries, intercity transit, and local transit around the world. The site uses GTFS data for public transit. rome2rio has announced improvements to their transit directions feature on their blog (excerpts and links below). Introducing Transit Colours and Names On Rome2rio And Why It Matters Excerpt below:…

ODOT’s research project to create a data specification for public transit ridership

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) plans to begin a project to design and develop a public transit ridership data standard. Read the research problem statement here. Using GTFS from Trillium and transit agencies, the state has been developed a view of the statewide transit network including routes, stops, and connections. Developing data specifications for ridership will add another dimension…

Technology in the Oregon Public Transportation Plan

What are the functions of transit technology on a statewide basis? Who makes the decisions and implements the system? Below is the text of a memo, mostly in its original form, provided to the Oregon Department of Transportation with recommendations and input for a statewide technology planning process. I prepared the memo in just a few hours, so it doesn’t pretend…