A Thorough Tour of GTFS: Creating, Improving, Sharing, Finding



Friday, September 8, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. EDT

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For over 10 years, public transit agencies have been sharing their schedules with Google and others using the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS). This common format has enabled a wide range of apps, services, and businesses to be built around such data. Attendees will take a soup to nuts tour through the basics of GTFS, best practices, the mechanics of publishing, and how to work with other agencies’ feeds.

Session Lead: Drew Dara-Abrams, Ph.D., Head of Mobility Products, Mapzen, San Francisco, CA 

  • Learning to Use GTFS
    Holly Krambeck, Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank IBRD, Washington, DC
    Tatiana Peralta-Quiros, Transport Economist, World Bank IBRD, Washington, DC
    Elizabeth Resor, Field Coordinator, World Bank IBRD
  • GTFS Best Practices
    Aaron Antrim, Principal, Trillium Solutions, Inc., Portland, OR
    Sean Barbeau, Principal Mobile Software Architect for R&D, University of South Florida, Center for Urban Transportation Research, Tampa, FL 
  • Publishing, Consuming, and Improving GTFS with the Transitland Platform
    Drew Dara-Abrams, Ph.D., Head of Mobility Products, Mapzen, San Francisco, CA
    Ian Rees, Software Engineer, Mapzen, San Francisco, CA 


Sean Barbeau, Ph.D.

Dr. Sean J. Barbeau (barbeau@cutr.usf.edu) is the Principal Mobile Software Architect for R&D at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida. Dr. Barbeau has served as the PI for many projects researching and developing apps for mobile phones, including the Travel ... Read More

Tatiana Peralta Quiros

Tatiana Peralta-Quiros is Transport Economist working on the collection and use of innovative data & technology. She works with different teams to operationalize and pilot the use of digital data, data analytics, and innovative technology in transport projects. Tatiana works with transport teams to develop a more consistent approach to transport ... Read More

Ian Rees

Ian Rees is a software engineer on the Mobility Team at Mapzen, where he helps build software for aggregating open transit data from around the world. Ian holds a Ph.D. in computational biology from Baylor College of Medicine. Read More

Holly Krambeck

Holly Krambeck, Senior Transportation Economist with the World Bank, leads a diverse investment portfolio of urban and rural transport projects, as well as a series of initiatives for integrating innovative, low cost technologies for transport data collection and analysis into World Bank operations. She has led the creation of Manila ... Read More

Drew Dara-Abrams

Drew Dara-Abrams is head of mobility products for Mapzen, an open, sustainable, and accessible mapping platform with offices in New York City, San Francisco, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dara-Abrams and his colleagues are responsible for a suite of open-source solutions for riders and operators of transportation systems with global coverage: Open ... Read More

Aaron Antrim

I work on supporting transport data interoperability broadly -- developing and improving data specifications for multimodal transportation and infrastructure. Read More

Contact Info

Wendy Nelson, wnelson@urisa.org