Fares can be incorporated in GTFS to provide riders an accurate cost of an itinerary, including any transfers within an agency.
Fares are located in the lefthand sidebar on the Agency Dashboard
The Fares Dashboard is your homepage for your Fares list. On it, you can find a list of all your agency's Fares, along with the ability to sort them by ID, Name, and cost. You can also Filter your list.
How Many Fares to Include?
The number of Fares to include in the GTFS depends on the number of unique scenarios that a rider may encounter when planning a single, one-way Trip. GTFS is not able to incorporate round trip or multi-trip (such as a weekly pass) Fares.
Example: An agency has three Fare scenarios
- Local Routes, which cost $2.00 and include one free transfer
- A Free Downtown Shuttle, which costs $0.00
- Intercity Routes, which cost $5.00 and include no transfers
Each variation in cost (except those between Rider Categories) and number of transfers requires its own Fare.
If only one Fare is used, no Fare Rules are necessary. If multiple Fares are used, Fare Rules determine which Trips a Fare will apply to.
Types of Fare Rules
Fares determined by Stop Zones must have a starting and ending zone. Each combination of starting and ending zones must have its own Fare Rule, but does not need to have its own Fare.
Fares associated with Routes must have a Fare Rule for each Route the Fare applies to, but does not require a separate Fare for each Route.
Fares of $0.00 must be associated with free Routes.
Most applications are not able to account for Fares and Transfers between agencies. As such, any Fares refer only to Trips within a single GTFS feed. If other agencies have their Fares in GTFS as well, they can be displayed as combined for inter-agency trips, without any transfers taken into account.
What are Rider Categories?
Rider Categories allow a Fare to be split into different amounts based on static populations, such as "Seniors" or "Students."
Some applications will display this information to riders, while others will list only the General Price.