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…

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…

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…

Announcing the flexible transit trip planner

The trip planner revolution Trip planners based off GTFS data have revolutionized public transit in the United States. Just 12 years ago, the only trip planners were expensive, proprietary, poorly functioning, and designed for individual systems. Now, a “Google Trip Planner” widget is ubiquitous on the websites of larger agencies and common even for systems…