We need to do the hard work to make transit easy

Trillium’s tagline has been for years “We make transit easier to use.” The reasons for that are big. We want to change human action. We’re environmentalists, safety advocates, accessibility rights activists, social scientists that recognize transportation as critical to the provision human services, bikers, riders, and walkers dedicated to seeing fewer cars on the road…

GTFS-ride for transit ridership data: Learning from the GTFS Example

To develop shared languages for interoperable transit data, the question we face is not just how to invent data formats, but how to create standards and the systems around them. People ask “How can we have success on the scale of GTFS without Google?” This is an important question that state departments of transportation (DOTs), in…

Life and Growth of Transport Data Standards – Lessons from 12 Years of GTFS

Introduction The General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS), which describes public transit routes, stops, schedules, and fares, recently celebrated its 12th birthday! Over the course of its life, the GTFS has shown the transportation industry how a data specification can gain widespread adoption to enable new applications. Of course, there are many other important parts of…