“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.…

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…

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…

Multimodal transportation data formats (& gaps) roundup, July 2016

How do we describe the whole transportation network? Introduction: towards comprehensive data The multimodal transportation network is greater than the sum of its parts. Abundant mode options — including public transit, bikeshare, carshare, ride hailing (TNC), rideshare, and vanpool — complement each other to serve different travel needs efficiently. But a transportation network with so many dimensions…