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Feds to create national transit map

The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched an initiative to create a National Transit Map to display stops, routes, and schedules for all participating transit agencies.

DOT is asking transit agencies to voluntarily permit DOT to collect General Transit Feed Specification data from their web sites on a periodic basis.  With a national map that incorporates route and schedule data, planners and researchers can identify and address gaps in access to public transportation.

To participate in the National Transit Map, transit agencies must register their data with DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics and agree to the standard terms of use.  Sign-up details are not yet posted.

Beginning March 31, BTS will download and begin processing the datasets.

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3 Responses to Feds to create national transit map

  1. Neil Selkirk March 8, 2016 at 4:12 am #

    This sounds like a great idea! We (AddTransit.com) make GTFS files for clients around the world and have noticed the continuing uptake of the GTFS standard.

    The fact that these files can also be used to publish data on Google Maps, transit apps and software for the disabled means that the initiative should have multiple benefits for very little cost.

    It will be interesting to see what future uses the Department has planned.

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