Watching the GTFS continue to grow throughout the world over the past few years has been a fun journey. Originally a partnership between Portland (TriMet) and Google to get transit data on Google Maps way back in 2006 – now a huge global standard that helps many people move about in their home cities as well as on their travels. I’ve attempted to map the coverage of GTFS on the following quick map. So many apps and research efforts benefit from adopting this global standard – impressive to see many cities providing open real-time transport data as well. The GTFS community are working hard to transfer this standard for more informal networks in developing world (note the focus on the global ‘West’), as well as changes in urban mobility (such as on-demand transport).
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