Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

Mobility for All

The Federal Transit Administration in 2020 awarded the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) a discretionary grant under the Mobility for All Pilot Program. DRPT sought funding for a two-part project aimed at improving information access for Virginians. The project aims to develop a Stage One One-Call/One-Click System, which includes web pages dedicated to providing complete information about transportation services in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Additionally, DRPT aims to develop a consolidated statewide GTFS directory and support trip planning for public transit.

VirginiaNavigator, a nonprofit organization, Trillium Transit, a leader in GTFS development, and Kimley-Horn, a planning and design engineering consultant, are key partners for this project.

Transportation Navigator 

As part of its Mobility for All project, DRPT is working with VirginiaNavigator to develop a series of informational resources designed to provide the public with comprehensive transportation information under the umbrella moniker “Transportation Navigator.” Transportation Navigator includes transportation tabs on the VirginiaNavigator family of websites, including VirginiaNavigator.org, disAbilityNavigator.org, SeniorNavigator.org, and VeteransNavigator.org, and a widget (above) that can be placed on any website where citizens may go looking for transportation information.

Statewide GTFS Initiative  

As part of its Statewide Mobility for All Initiative, DRPT will develop a consolidated Virginia-wide transportation GTFS directory, including a trip-planning widget. The Department will also assist smaller local agencies with support to create and improve their transit data feeds. The GTFS Webinar held on February 5, 2021, provided agencies with an overview of the new DRPT-led effort.

When launched the GTFS directory will provide:

  • Accurate publicly available access to GTFS feeds

  • A resource for planners and decision makers

  • Enable GTFS data to be used in 3rd party trip planning platforms such as Google Transit, and others

What is GTFS?

The General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) is a data specification that allows public transportation agencies to publish their transit data in a format that can be used by a wide variety of applications. The data specification contains components that include schedule, fare, and geographic transit information. The standard also allows for a real-time component that contains arrival predictions, vehicle positions and service advisories.

Resource: GTFS.org

 

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