For many companies creating and maintaining a GTFS (General Transit Feed Specification) feed can be seen as a costly exercise. Existing processes are focussed on paper based schedules, booklets and posters and more recently on bespoke solutions for the companies website in text, PDF, graphical or even interactive formats.
The provision of a GTFS feed is seen as a new expense and it could be associated with expensive software solutions and consultants.
But, that doesn’t need to be the case.
A GTFS solution actually allows you to reduce effort and whilst getting greater coverage of potential customers. Google’s, Apple’s and Yahoo’s maps software is now in daily use and most passengers are moving to smartphones which have a growing number of transit apps. All these services can provide your schedules from your GTFS file. Additionally you can include standard code on your websites that will provide interactive schedules and maps, that also use your GTFS file.
As your schedule becomes available in many more ways using the same GTFS file and common software, your paper based schedules can be reduced and your schedule software development costs reduced.
At AddTransit, we recognised the need for cheap GTFS so we make it easy to create, distribute and maintain the file. Our focus is on providing value for money regardless of whether you are a single shuttle bus, a fleet of ferries or a large public transport system.
We want to make your GTFS experience great (and cheap), so contact us today to find out more.
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