There are many uses of GTFS data.
One of the most important is trip planning. Google Maps is one of the primary GTFS-consuming applications for trip planning. After data is integrated in Google Maps, incorporating a trip planner form into the transit agency homepage will help people to find transit directions (see instructions and information for this).
Other uses of GTFS include:
- Trip planning and maps – applications that assist a transit customer in planning a trip from one location to another using public transportation. Examples: Google Maps, Bing, Here, OpenTripPlanner
- Rideshare integration – applications that assist people in connecting with potential ridesharing matches
- Timetable creation – create a printed list of the agency’s schedule in a timetable format
- Mobile applications – applications for mobile devices that provide transit information
- Data visualization – applications that provide graphic visualizations of transit routes, stops, and schedule data
- Accessibility – applications that assist transit riders with disabilities in using public transportation
- Planning analysis – applications that assist transit professionals in assessing the current or planned transit network
- Interactive Voice Response (IVR) – applications that provide transit information over the phone via an automated speech recognition system
- Real-time transit information – applications that use GTFS data along with a real-time information source to provide estimated arrival information to transit riders