Aaron Antrim

Aaron Antrim

President & Founder

Aaron is the founder, President, and Lead Developer of Trillium. He has over 12 years’ experience as a web developer with over 8 years in public transportation. A strong background in communication and writing enables him to communicate technical concepts to diverse audiences, and to bridge communication divides between information technology, marketing, customer service, and operations disciplines.

A long-time cyclist and transit rider, Aaron’s core interest is making sustainable transportation easier to understand and use. His work at Trillium reflects his passion for using modern technology and clear communication to make transportation sustainable. He frequently speaks at conferences regarding open data and digital communications strategy for public transportation.

His experience in transportation encompasses fixed-route public transit, demand-response transportation, private transportation, and active transportation modes. Skills include developing data standards, web-application design, digital communications and marketing strategy development, and public speaking about connecting travelers with technology.

Aaron’s commitment to public transportation began as a co-founder of Green Wheels, an advocacy organization for transportation choices in Northern California, in 2006. Realizing the need for services and software to help transit agencies embrace modern technology and to communicate more effectively with their customers, he founded Trillium in 2007.

Originally from Northern California, Aaron now calls Portland, Oregon home. He enjoys traveling throughout the world and experiencing diverse transportation systems. Bike touring and backpacking are some of his favorite ways to see new places.

Aaron’s recent blog articles

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…