To get a better view of transportation issues across the country, the Department of Transportation wants to build a National Transit Map from open transit data collected from local and state transit agencies. Such a map could help DOT pinpoint areas that experience gaps in public transportation.
In a letter to transit agencies, Transportation Secretary Anthony R. Foxx asked them to share the link to their General Transit Feed Specification formatted data or other machine-readable data. DOT would take a periodic snapshot from the local agencies’ feeds so their routing and schedules can be incorporated into the national map. Data collection would occur no more than once a month.
“With this information in hand, DOT, planning agencies and researchers can do a far better job of demonstrating the importance and role of transit in American society and identify and address gaps in access to public transportation,” Foxx wrote in the letter.