USF-invented software tool implemented around the world to improve real-time transit data

  • Date: 04/22/2022

The public transportation agencies for the country of France and state of California have started utilizing an open-source software tool created at USF that quickly finds errors in a transit agency’s real-time data – providing travelers more accurate information through mobile mapping applications, such as Google and Apple Maps.

The General Transit Feed Specification Realtime (GTFS Realtime) has become the dominant open data format for public transportation schedules and associated geographic information, enabling transit agencies to publish their data in a standard format that can be easily used by a wide variety of travel planning apps.

The GTFS Realtime Validator tool was created by Sean Barbeau, principal mobile software architect for research and development at the USF Center for Urban Transportation Research.

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