The Department of Transportation and Communications, in partnership with MMDA, LTO, LTFRB, LRTA, and MRT3, has created an open, publically accessible database for all public transit service information in Metro Manila. The database is formatted according to the General Transit Feed Specification—or GTFS—an open format for packaging public transit service data. The Philippine Transit Information Service includes the following regularly updated information:
- Geographic location of more than 900 bus, rail, and PUJ routes;
- Location of key rail and bus stops;
- Transit service operating hours; and
- Fare schedule for rail routes; the fare matrices for bus and jeep routes will be provided separately.
For the first time in Manila, it will be possible to print multi-modal route maps, use on-line tools to identify the shortest multi-modal transit route to a given destination, estimate the total fare of a multi-modal trip, support rapid communication of alternative public transit routing during floods, and so much more. The applications of the database are limited only to the imaginations of developers to utilize it.
OVERVIEW OF THE GTFS OPEN TRANSPORT DATA PROTOCOL
Open transport data protocols are (typically) XML-based formats for recording and sharing data. GTFS is an emerging open data protocol, or standard, used by hundreds of transport agencies worldwide for reporting static transit system data, such as bus routes, schedules, and stop locations.
Further information about this protocol, and its data requirements, may be found here: General Transit Feed Specification Reference
GTFS sample data may be found here: GTFS Data Exchange
By using this open format, independent developers can create applications that support use of these data at scale. These software include applications for riders to plan their trips and for transport groups to plan and seamlessly coordinate service. Further, an application that can read this protocol can be used for any data use the same protocols – a very power concept in development.
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Related Link: Philippine Transit App Challenge