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BTS Asks for National Transit Map Data by Nov. 15

Press Release Number: 
DOT 136-16
Date: 
Friday, November 4, 2016
Media Contact: 
Dave Smallen, 202-366-5568

Friday, November 4, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) is asking transit agencies to submit data by Nov. 15 for the second edition of the National Transit Map. Agencies must register their General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data in a voluntary process by that date for BTS to harvest it for the second edition, which will be released in late 2016. The National Transit Map is a geospatial database containing information from transit agencies that provides open, machine-readable data about transit stops, routes, and schedules. The first version of the National Transit Map, released in September 2016,  contained data from more than 200 transit agencies including 84 percent of the top 25 urban transit agencies with fixed-route service, 74 percent of the top 50 agencies, and about one third of all urban transit agencies with fixed-route service. The ranking of transit agencies included urban transit agencies with fixed route services and were based on maximum revenue vehicles operated or Vehicles Operated in Annual Maximum Service (VOMS). BTS has made a map of participating agencies available. DOT invites additional agencies to participate in this national, openly available map of fixed-guideway and fixed-route transit service in America will allow DOT to demonstrate the importance and role of transit in American society and to identify and address gaps in access to public transportation. BTS is focusing this second edition on rounding out participation from the top 100 transit agencies and transit agencies in large metropolitan areas. Contacts:  Press: Dave Smallen: (202) 366-5568, david.smallen@dot.gov. For technical information: National Transit Map or these contacts:  NationalTransitMap@dot.gov or Derald Dudley 202-493-0370.