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General Transit Feed Specification

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:If the agency has sufficient in-house technical expertise, they may wish to produce and maintain the GTFS feed themselves. Several of the industry-standard scheduling software packages from vendors such as Trapeze<ref>[ Trapeze Group Limited]</ref>, HASTUS <ref>[ Giro, Inc. "HASTUS - Transit scheduling and operations."]</ref> , Connexionz<ref>[ Connexionz Limited. "Smart Transit Solutions."]</ref>, and TripSpark (formerly Mentor Engineering) <ref>[ Mentor Engineering. "TripSpark."]</ref> can often export agency data into the GTFS format, facilitating the GTFS creation & maintenance process. However, agencies should not necessarily assume that the output of these tools produces perfect GTFS data, as agencies have indicated that they often still need to perform manual data processing on the GTFS data exported from these tools before it will be acceptable for application use <ref>[ Sean Barbeau, Nevine Labib Georggi, and Philip Winters (2010). "Travel Assistance Device (TAD) -- Deployment to Transit Agencies," National Center for Transit Research.]</ref>.
:For agencies who do not have access to sophisticated scheduling software, there are a variety of open-source and vendor-based tools that can be used for creating and maintaining GTFS data. One free spreadsheet-based toolis the XLS Tools for Google Transit by Bob Heitzman<ref>[ Bob Heitzman. "XLS Tools for Google Transit."]</ref>, which were repackaged as “GTFS Builder” by the Rural Transit Assistance Program <ref>[ National Rural Transit Assistance Program. "GTFS Builder."]</ref>. OpenPlans, a nonprofit 501(c)3 that produces open-source civic software, started an open-source web-based GTFS Editing Tool that is now maintained by Conveyal <ref>[ Conveyal. "GTFS Editor."]</ref>. For agencies without high-quality bus stop inventories, the open-source GTFS-OpenStreetMap Synchronization tool (GO-Sync) can help leverage crowd-sourced improvements of their GTFS bus stop inventory<ref>[ Khoa Tran, Edward L. Hillsman, S. Barbeau, and M. A. Labrador (2011), "GO-Sync- A Framework to Synchronize Crowd-Sourced Mapping Contributions from Online Communities and Transit Agency Bus Stop Inventories," in ITS World Congress, Orlando, Florida, USA, October 16, 2011.]</ref>. The open-source mobile app TransitWand<ref>[ Conveyal. "TransitWand"]</ref> can also help when in the data collection process when creating a new GTFS dataset. There are also many educational resources available online from the transit developer community for agencies interested in creating a GTFS feed<ref>[ Google Transit Data Feed. "Other GTFS Tools."]</ref> <ref>[!forum/google-transit-partner-support Google, Inc. "Google Transit Partner Support Google Group."]</ref>. Remix<ref>[ Get Remix Team. "Get Remix"]</ref> is a vendor-based tool product for quickly sketching out transit routes and generating GTFS data. TransLoc offers their web-based GTFS tool, TransLoc Architect<ref>[ TransLoc. "TransLoc Architect"]</ref>, to agencies for free. A list of vendors that provide self-service products and services for GTFS creation and maintenance can be found [ here]. If you'd like to add a vendor/product to this list, please use [ this form]
In order to create and maintain GTFS, it is necessary to develop an understanding of the specification. Several [[GTFS training materials]] are available.
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