General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS)TransportationTransit Schedules
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Standard format for handling public transportation and geographic data. Developed by Google and the TriMet public transportation agency
  • License: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
  • About the Publisher: Partnership among the private and public sectors. Municipal transit data is combined with Google's technological input to create the specification
  • Updated by Publisher: 2016-07-26
  • Level of Use: By 2013, the standard format had been applied to hundreds of transit systems' data around the world
  • Open License: Yes
  • Transferable to other Jurisdictions: Zip file containing CSV files with information about routes, stops, and agencies (saved as .txt)
  • Stakeholder Participation: GTFS is a collaboration between private and public sectors. Google and public transit agencies as partners - some government bodies initially hesitant to hand over the data to Google
  • Consensus-based Governance: No opportunity to be included in decisions made about the standard's evolution. Technical committee not open to the public
  • Extensions: GTFS - Real Time: protocol buffers (as an alternative to XML) hosted over HTTP and gtfs realtime.proto produces source code to read and write the structured data and then retrieves it to and from a data stream using a variety of programming languages
  • Machine Readable: CSVs saved as text files stored in a zip file.
  • Human Readable: Standard aims to be easily readable and use description, universally understood vocabulary
  • Requires Real-Time Data: GTFS-RT handles real time transit data in a feed over HTTP
  • Metadata: No information
Added to directory: 2017-07-12