The importance of data in the transit experience

Next time you’re on a bus or train, count the number of your fellow passengers looking down at their phones. If it’s less than 100%, I owe you a dollar. OK, so maybe that’s an exaggeration – but not an extreme one. A 2017 Google/Phocuswright study found that 70% of travelers in the U.S. said […]

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 […]

GTFS and its potential around the world

The World Bank and other international development agencies have recognized the value of interoperable transportation data formats — GTFS in particular — for improving traveler information resources and transportation system planning processes around the world. The February 2015 Urban Transport and ICT Capacity Building (PDF) report is worth a read. This is Holly Krambeck‘s completion report on the World Bank’s […]