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yTransit and GTFS revisited

It’s been a long time since I last looked at GTFS. Since then, I’ve gotten tons of emails and comments on the blog post about my failed little yTransit project. A Google engineer in the Czech Republic working on their transit team even contacted me, but still nothing from actual transit companies.

However, it’s been a little while and I think there may be a glimmer of hope for this project yet. I’m guessing (hoping) that since smartphones have become increasingly popular, more people in the industry are getting a bit more interested in the technology. I called the Summit County, Colorado transit system (Summit Stage Transit) this morning and talked to the dispatcher.

I told him that I was interested in getting their transit schedule into Google Maps and he didn’t just say “uuhhhh… what?” He actually said “I think we’d be very interested in that.” He told me the person I needed to speak with wasn’t in the office at that moment, but he’ll be in later today and that I should leave a voicemail.

Now remember, I had originally contacted Summit Stage Transit way back in 2009 and they weren’t interested and didn’t return my calls. So at least this time around, I actually got a favorable response. That is huge progress!

We’ll see if this goes anywhere, but if they’re able to help me get some requirements built, I might actually be able to make this happen.

So officially, the project is still dead pending resuscitation by John at Summit Stage Transit who is supposed to return my call this afternoon.

Update: I spoke with John and I have a meeting scheduled for the July 20th to discuss their needs and requirements. This thing might happen after all.

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  1. Jayakumar K
    August 22nd, 2011 at 17:20 | #1

    How did the meeting go ?

    Can you please open source the same, I am really interested in using this (non profit purpose) for transit agencies in my country.

  2. Landon
    October 1st, 2011 at 17:06 | #2

    Any updates on how the conversation went?

  3. February 13th, 2012 at 17:34 | #3

    @Landon
    It went really well. Unfortunately, he was supposed to get GPS coordinates for all their stops to me, but he ended up never getting back to me about it.

    And the bigger problem was that Google will not license the Google Maps API for anything that would make this project available at a reasonable cost. So this time, I’ve officially given up on this idea.

  4. Snap
    March 16th, 2012 at 06:39 | #4

    Google Maps API needs a few more tiers to make these kinds of projects viable.

    What about an open source alternative?

  5. Simon
    August 15th, 2012 at 09:21 | #5

    Hi I need to know if there’s a way to download your GTFS manager?

  6. Pete
    April 30th, 2013 at 19:24 | #6

    Hello, did you ever finished and published your tool?

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