Best practices for creating GTFS

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The General Transit Feed Specification allows for transit features to be described using a variety of approaches. In some cases, particular approaches will result in better results in GTFS-consuming applications. Various pages on the web offer advice on best practices for creating GTFS.

  • The Transit App developers page provides "Open Data Guidelines" which includes recommendations on how to form GTFS for best results in the application.
  • Google Maps has a GTFS Best Practices Guide
  • A open Google Doc has captured some best practices from members of the GTFS community.
  • The Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida has identified some best practices as part of their experience with GTFS-realtime feeds.