Creating Partnerships through Online Trip Planning and More with National RTAP’s GTFS Builder Web App

Webinar Date: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

Webinar Description:

National Rural Transit Assistance Program’s (RTAP) General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) Builder web app is a set of tools—simple Excel spreadsheets, checklists, and videos—that will help transit agencies prepare bus route and schedule data files to support the integrated Google Transit trip planner, customizable OpenTripPlanner, 511 traveler information systems, and other rider-friendly mobile and on-line software applications.  Through shared GTFS data your agency and RTAP managers may see new ways to enhance partnerships, as well as help riders get where they need to go.

GTFS Builder provides step-by-step guidance on how to put your transportation information into GTFS format, including:

  • Evaluating whether your transit agency should proceed with GTFS Builder
  • Data management and downloading the necessary GTFS Excel files/tools
  • Gathering and updating data such as bus stops and schedules
  • Generating stop times and trips
  • Wrapping up, validating and testing new routes
  • Coordinating with Google to share your information and request to go live

During the webinar, you will learn how to access the free GTFS Builder through National RTAP in the Cloud, download the GTFS tools and set up your workstation.  You’ll also get an overview of all the GTFS Builder tools and available support.

Webinar Objectives: The objectives of this webinar are to:

  • Discuss the benefits that GTFS data can generate for your transit agency
  • Introduce transit managers to National RTAP’s free GTFS Builder web app
  • Show how to access GTFS Builder through National RTAP in the Cloud
  • Demonstrate use of the GTFS Builder tools to create a GTFS file

Webinar Presenters:

John Krause, Mobility Program Manager, Idaho Department of Transportation and National RTAP Review Board Member (Moderator)

John Krause is a Mobility Program Manager within Idaho Transportation Department’s Division of Transportation Performance.  John provides a liaison between mobility in Idaho and the state’s implementation of Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration programs.

John has been with ITD for nearly ten years, the first three of which he spent managing the Department’s information technology infrastructure and data center.

Prior to that, John spent over fifteen years with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) developing and managing advanced information technologies in addition to three years in strategic planning and operations research roles with the Union Pacific Railroad Company in Omaha Nebraska.

John has a BS in Engineering and a MBA from Idaho State University.

Frank Condon, Director of Technology, National RTAP (Presenter)

Frank Condon is a marketing and business development professional with 20 years of experience marketing products and services.  His experience also includes developing technology for public and private sectors.  Frank is currently responsible for the strategic development of new web-based products to help bring National RTAP and other agencies up-to-date using the latest technology.

Marcy Jaffe, Transportation Innovator, MJC (Presenter)

Marcy Jaffe has recently focused on data integration.  Marcy Jaffe Company (MJC) serves over thirty rural, private and tribal transit systems with General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) making it possible for public and private transit partners to offer on-line, integrated trip planning.  MJC developed the on-line training tools and videos for National RTAP‘s GTFS Builder. Through national solicitation, MJC was selected by California Center for Innovative Transportation, at University of California, to expedite the launch of GTFS data and study the benefits of GTFS for small transit agencies in California.

For over twenty years, Marcy Jaffe has worked professionally in transportation policy and technology at the City, Regional, Statewide and Tribal Nation levels of government.  Ms. Jaffe holds both a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from University of California, Irvine.  Visit for more information.

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