National Rural Transit Assistance Program Technical (National RTAP) Assistance Conference

Easing mobility by displaying trip plans with multi-agency routes connecting intercity as well as your tribal partners is possible! Has your agency wanted to launch your schedules for online trip planning, but didn’t have a trained team member?

At the GIS/Transit Conference a few weeks ago we learned that some transit partners want to join online trip planning at Google, Bing, Yahoo & Apple Maps while the tech team members just need some training in publishing standardized data. Additionally, you may have heard that there are easy ways to get started.

The upcoming National Rural Transit Assistance Program Technical (National RTAP) Assistance Conference “Reaching New Heights in Rural and Tribal Transit” will be held in Denver in October. One half-day session will teach and build out one of your routes using the standardized data process, known as General Transit Feed Specification, (GTFS) in a no-additional-cost session, on October 27. This session invites participants to attend with their PC laptop, data loaded and ready-to-learn. While our GIS or transportation planning professionals may be best suited for this task, any capable staff with some basic Excel skills will become capable in GTFS. Once registered the participant will be sent the pre-flight action plan.

Conference registration:

For more information on the conference, contact:

If your staff cannot attend this conference but may want to proceed with GTFS, on-line no-cost training tools are available at: or contacting: (360) 643 1002

RTAP scholarships may be available in your State. Here are your local contacts.

To those of you who attended our conference earlier this month, thank you.

WalkSaferNYC, an Interactive Guide to Walking Safely in the City

A NYC firm, Hecht Kleeger & Damashek recently created an interactive accident map for pedestrians and motorists who frequent New York City Streets. When visiting the WalkSaferNYC Map, viewers can view the most dangerous intersections per borough, via a heat-map. The map was created to assist with reducing accidents in the different boroughs of NYC, in relation to the recent city-wide speed limit reduction.



2015 Transit GIS Conference Call for Papers Open

Submit an abstract by DEADLINE EXTENDED NEW DATE  April 20th 2015

The National Center for Transit Research, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association and the Transportation Research Board are pleased to announce the 9th National GIS in Transit Conference, September 1-3, 2015, in Washington, DC.

Managing data to drive decision making has never been more important.  As large data systems are capturing significant performance, operational and planning data in the transit industry.  These data can improve decision making, service evaluation, customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and overall system performance. At the core of many of these data are spatial elements that describe the location of relevant transit data.  Transit boardings, customer location, activity centers, assets and transit service.  Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provides a unique platform for organizing, evaluating and communicating data; transforming data into information.

This conference will bring experts from around the country on how GIS is being used every day to improve transit systems.  The conference will provide a breadth of GIS experiences to showcase how agencies of all sizes and budgets are managing its GIS data and improving transit service and ultimately customer service.

Share your research, projects and ideas with this informed audience. Abstract submissions are invited until March 23.  NEW DEADLINE April 20, 2015  For an online form and additional information, click here.

2015 GIS in Transit Conference (submit abstract below)

GIS in Transit Conference

This unique conference is for transit planners, managers, researchers and  GIS industry experts who are interested in sharing ways to use geographic and spatial analysis in transit planning, operations, and marketing to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

Conference Objectives

  • Provide transit professionals with experience and interest in GIS an opportunity to learn from peers and industry experts (vendors, researchers, and practitioners)
  • Discuss emerging trends in geo-spatial analysis and transit informatics
  • Demonstrate the use of GIS data to improve transit efficiency and effectiveness
  • Provide a forum for public-private discussions about practical applications of new technologies

Mark Your Calendar!

2015 GIS in Transit Conference
Presented by URISA, the National Center for Transit Research and the Transportation Research Board
Hamilton Crowne Plaza Washington, DC
September 1-3, 2015
(Note that Labor Day is September 7 this year)

Follow this conference on Twitter: #TransitGIS

Preliminary Schedule

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

  • Workshops

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

  • Welcome & Keynote Address
  • Exhibits
  • Conference Lunch
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Poster Session & Exhibitor Reception

Thursday, September 3, 2015

  • Breakout Sessions
  • Exhibits
  • Closing Keynote

Registration & Venue

The conference will take place entirely at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, an ideally located at 1001 14th St NW (14th & K), Washington DC 20005. Take the Orange or Blue Line to the McPherson Square Station; exit the station using the 14th Street / Franklin Square Exit; walk North 1 block. The Hotel is only 4 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

Sleeping room rate: $189 (includes complimentary internet for IHG Rewards Club members – there is no fee to join so be sure to sign up before the conference to take advantage)

Reserve your room by August 10, 2015 via this online form or by calling  the Reservations Phone #:  1-877-622-1970 and mentioning the URH group code.

Organization Sponsors

The National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) is located  at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.  NCTR strives to make public transportation and alternative forms of transportation, including managed lanes, safe, effective, efficient, desirable and secure.  The goals of NCTR are: to minimize traffic congestion, maximize mobility options, promote safety and security, improve the environment, and enhance community sustainability.  This will be accomplished by conducting applied and advanced research, energetically disseminating the results, and expanding the workforce of transportation professionals through education and training to address the challenges and opportunities of the future.  The National Transit GIS Conference is one of the many efforts by NCTR to forward its goals.  For more about NCTR please

The Mission of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) is to promote innovation and progress in transportation through research.  In an objective and interdisciplinary setting, TRB facilitates the sharing of information on transportation practive and policy by researchers and practitioners: stimulates research and offers research management services that promote technical excellence; provide expert advice on transportation policy and programs; and disseminates research broadly and encouraged their implementation.  TRB is one of siz major divisions of the National Research Council – a private, nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academies in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities.  The program is supported by state transportation departments, federal agencies including the component administrations of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other prganizations and individuals intersted in the development of transportation.  Visit for more information.

About the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association – URISA is a nonprofit professional and educational association that promotes the effective and ethical use of spatial information and information technologies for the understanding and management of urban and regional systems.  It is a multidisciplinary association where professionals from all parts of the spatial data community can come together and share concerns and ideas.  Since 1963, URISA has been the professional home of choice for Public Sector GIS and IT Executives throughout the United States, Canada and other countries worldwide.

Upcoming T3 Webinar: Open Data Policy Guidelines for Transit – Maximizing Real Time and Schedule Data-Legalities, Evolutions, Customer Perspectives, Challenges, and Economic Opportunities – Part II

A T3 webinar on the topic “Learn from the Experts: Open Data Policy Guidelines for Transit – Maximizing Real Time and Schedule Data-Legalities, Evolutions, Customer Perspectives, Challenges, and Economic Opportunities – Part II” will be hosted by the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Professional Capacity Building Program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U. S. DOT) ITS Joint Program Office (JPO).

As transit agencies continue to address increasing service demands and decreasing budgets, maximizing technology and data investments through open data policies is necessary to retain and attract customers. Webinar participants will be introduced to the opportunities that open data provide and the challenges to overcoming technology and implementation strategies. This session will also focus on the legalities of open data in transit, including copyright laws, licensing, political and legal barriers, customer perceptions, confidentiality, governance, and economic development .

Date: Thursday, August 7, 2014 Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET Cost: All T3 webinars are free of charge


Mr. Martin Catala, Manager, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Informatics Group, Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), University of South Florida, will give a brief overview of the project underway with the Federal Transit Administration on “Open Data Policy Guidelines for Transit.” The webinar will focus on transit data relating to legal frameworks, 3rd party developers, schedules and situational status, such as passenger load, predictive arrival time, and vehicle location. The findings from this webinar will be incorporated into a guide for transit agencies interested in successfully implementing and sharing open data within the transit industry.

Dr. Larry W. Thomas, J.D., Ph.D, founder of The Thomas Law Firm in Washington, D.C., will discuss whether and to what extent there is legal protection for an agency’s real-time or other data. Dr. Thomas will discuss whether data may be protected under the copyright laws and whether there are alternative means that agencies may use to protect their proprietary rights in data.

Mr. Lou Milrad, B.A., LL.B, founder of MilradLaw in Toronto, Canada, will relay an overview of the legal framework and economic development opportunities for open data. This will include open data opportunities for collaboration; differentiating open data terms’ uses from commercial licensing, addressing privacy and confidentiality concerns, and economic development and community engagement.

Dr. Kari Edison Watkins, PE, PhD, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, will share her experiences working as the interface between developers and transit agencies both locally in Atlanta and nationally. She will discuss the evolution of the presentation of transit data, how data standards enable better communication to riders, and case study findings from discussions with transit agencies about open data.

Mr. Dan Overgaard, Supervisor, Systems Development and Operations, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA, will address King County Metro’s evolution in providing real-time information, managing customer expectations, and the data management and organizational challenges involved in improving the quality of real time information.

For registration and more Information please click here.

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