“Alpha release” of the Flexible Trip Planner

In March we visited Vermont, and heard directly from the public transit agencies in the state about what their main goals for the new statewide trip planner were. We followed up in April with conversations with each agency to understand in depth the services they offer, and how they deliver those services to Vermont riders.…

Introducing GTFS Best Practices

Earlier this year, a group of 17 organizations collected their separate experience, expertise, and interests into a collaborative project to develop and publish the GTFS Best Practices in an effort convened by Rocky Mountain Institute, an independent non-profit organization working to transform global energy use. Before the Best Practices, we already had the GTFS reference, of course, but…

Flexible trip planner update: project kick-off!

The flexible trip planner project has commenced, and we could not be more excited. Last Thursday I spoke with the local agencies who will be featured in the new trip planner, along with representatives from VTrans, Cambridge Systematics, the Federal Transit Administration, and FTA MOD Sandbox partners Booz Allen Hamilton and Noblis. The executive directors…

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…