Here’s the presentation visual aid from a presentation I gave last week at APTA’s TransITech in Phoenix with Sean Barbeau of University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research.
GTFS has been around since 2006, and in the past 7 years it has become the de-facto worldwide standard for describing fixed-route public transportation. A body of best practices for disseminating the data is emerging, and this presentation reported on that practice with information gathered through an industry survey and interviews with about a dozen transportation organizations. Travel options are exploding and travelers want to combine modes in ways that make sense for them (bikeshare + transit, carshare + transit, plane + intercity bus). GTFS allows transit information to be incorporated in applications that help them to navigate and make travel decisions in the new “multi-modal supernetwork.”