APTA TransITech presentation: The Many Uses of GTFS Data

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.”

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.