This site is a resource for the developer community and serves as a gateway to Metro’s web services. It gathers several datasets into a single, centralized place.
This site was created as part of a collaboration between Metro’s Communications and Operations departments. We hope to foster open data and collaboration with our customers and the developer community.
We offer both downloadable data sets and web services. The data differs in both substance and use. For example, the Trip Planner Information Feed is a suite of complementary web services that return data in two open and popular formats (XML and JSON); the GTFS data is published in an open format, and there is a growing body of open-source code available for working with GTFS data; the GIS data is published as ESRI Shapefiles. While not open, this format is widely used and many open-source tools are available to parse it.
The site is targeted at users with a background in code development. That said, we wish to make using the data as easy as possible.
We want to enable the development of technologies and applications that reach a broad audience and encourage more people to ride Metro. The GTFS data set gives you access to route, stop, and schedule information for Metro’s 200+ routes.
GTFS is a lightweight open format that provides a relatively easy way to exchange transit data.
The sky’s the limit! To ensure you are giving out good data, you must use the freshest data set available. This website will always have the latest version of our data. Please update your data early and often.
Our GTFS data is generated by an enterprise system that isn’t available to smaller transportation agencies. We are investigating ways of helping all agencies in the region to prepare data in the GTFS format.
If you just wish to view the files, ESRI provides ArcReader for free on Linux, Windows and Sun’s Solaris platforms. Download here: https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcreader
For free and open source software that can interact with shapefiles, use these:
See the excellent Wikipedia entry on shapefiles to learn more about this file format: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shapefile.
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