2017 Workshop

Washington, D.C.

Event: Monday, January 9, 2017

Interoperable Transit at TRB

“Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown.” Unless it comes to transit. Then you want anything but an unknown.

The road from Transportation Research Board (TRB) 2017 annual summit led to the 3rd meeting of interoperable transit data. We reviewed and resolved some of the final unknowns for the new GTFS best practices to publish them at gtfs.org. Then we asked what’s next?

Real-time, sometimes, and fares. And a consortium.

We’ll be staying in contact and coming together with more regularity and structure. Transit is about real people with real problems in real time. We left our 3rd session committed to an exchange of data standards that will empower real people to get to where they really want to go.

Participating Organizations:

  • Apple
  • Cambridge Systematics
  • Conveyal
  • IBI
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Transit App
  • Trillium
  • TriMet
  • University South Florida

2016 Workshop

San Francisco

Event: December 8th, 2016

GTFS Specification Workshop & Consortium

Data requirements are needed for our future of mobility. Transit service providers want to provide travelers a seamless experience -- and travelers want the same. But seamless travel cannot cannot happen without greater data interoperability and alignment. To crack this nut, Rocky Mountain Institute held the second in a series of transit data workshops.

We brought together a diverse group of transit leaders to further resolve the technical challenges of interoperable transit and to establish a roadmap for talk further.

Outcomes? There were many. One was to keep talking, with more and more stakeholders at the table.. Change doesn’t happen on it’s own. Participants also agreed to adopt the newly released GTFS Best Practices. Future topics were also plentiful with feed validation, real-time standards and a consortium governance model as next steps.

Read more here in our report on a consortium approach to interoperable transit data

Participating Organizations:

  • Cambridge Systematics
  • Capital Metro
  • Conveyal
  • Google
  • IBI
  • Mapzen
  • Microsoft
  • Moovel
  • ODOT
  • Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Swiftly
  • Transit App
  • Trillium
  • TriMet
  • World Bank

2015 Workshop

San Francisco

Event: June 16-17th, 2015

Enabling a Shift to Mobility as a Service

Public transit agencies, private transit providers, and commuters create and use enormous stockpiles of precise transit data. Sophisticated technologies and industry cooperation can turn this transit data into tools that 1) increase ridership for transit agencies, 2) create greater lead generation for private transit providers, and 3) offer better planning tools for city government. However, instead of data cooperation this data often remains siloed.

Responding to such transit needs, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) hosted a two-day workshop focused on interoperable transit data. By gathering a small group of industry and public leaders, the workshop created transformative dialogue to quickly drive effective change in the accessibility and use of transit data.

Throughout the workshop, participant input consistently suggested the need for transit leaders to coordinate around action plans. These plans covered such themes as integrated payment systems, transit data metrics, and further standard development. In total, the workshop set the stage for data cooperation in the transit space.

You can download the workshop report here.

Participating Organizations:

  • Apple
  • Bay Area Bike Share
  • Bridj
  • City of Palo Alto
  • City of San Francisco
  • Cities21
  • Control Group
  • Conveyal
  • Google
  • IBI Group
  • INRIX
  • Lyft
  • Metropolitan Transportation Commission
  • Perkins + Will
  • Portland TriMet
  • RideScout
  • SFMTA
  • Stanford University
  • Streetlight Data
  • UC-Berkeley
  • Uber
  • Urban Engines
  • Waze
  • ZipCar