New Horizons in GIS Architecture

Development of a Regional Public Transportation GIS Architecture and Data Model is a research report prepared by the National Center for Transportation Research (NCTR) at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR). Coordinated data sharing has become important for government jurisdictions that overlap the same geographic area. In order to promote streamlined data sharing among public transit agencies, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 7 has identified these needs and colloborated with NCTR at CUTR to design a regional transportation Geographic Information System (GIS) architecture and data model.

The research team has developed a regional architecture and data model that implements this design in two software applications. First, a General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) Data Sync desktop application automatically retrieves the GTFS-based datasets from individual transit agency web servers and stores them in the FDOT D7 spatial database. Secondly, the Regional Data Visualization Web Application queries and visualizes the regional data from both transit agencies and FDOT that are stored in the FDOT D7 spatial database. Nevertheless, the maintenance of a bus stop inventory for smaller transit agencies that do not have an internal GIS department, and the costly licensing of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) products underscore the various challenges agencies face when designing data models. The streamlined approach created by NCTR researchers seeks to allay these concerns.

The full report can be viewed here.



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