When we designed AddTransit, we wanted the easiest possible tool to create GTFS feeds.
After our initial reading of the General Transit Feed Specification, it became obvious that the GTFS standard was a simple solution that got complex very quickly. Additionally, for big transport companies with their large IT departments, the standard seemed cumbersome as it used zipped comma delimited text files for documenting the schedule and route information, whereas for small companies even these simple technicalities were often too large a learning curve for them to climb.
Our vision, at AddTransit, was to build a simple GTFS tool that could make the GTFS format and it’s promise of easily communicating timetables and offering journey planning in multiple ways both affordable and simple. We took the specification and broke it down into it’s key components, designed screens that we believe are inherently intuitive and looked for opportunities for improvement in terminology and data entry.
We realise that creating and maintaining schedules is a challenging task by itself, even before you get around producing and updating GTFS files. That’s why we try to give you simple and straightforward solution to the complexities of GTFS.
Of course, the technical nature of the GTFS spec is still behind it all, but we hope that our great user interface, responsive customer service and affordable product will make your job of communicating and marketing a bus, train, ferry or shuttle schedules, so much easier.
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