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 to this view, potentially making it possible to analyze ridership by region, stop, route, by fare category, by agency, or by time of day on a broad region-wide scale. The project will also include developing software to query and visualize data.

The ridership data specification will reference GTFS (e.g. stops and routes) to support synchronization of systems and analysis projects. The below diagram is an excerpt of how this fits into the full “Transit Stack”.

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.