Exporting your feed takes updates made in GTFS Manager and allows the data to be posted for data consumers and apps to use. Export requests to Trillium also include validation and posting of a new feed to your static fetch location.
Learn more: Feed Validation
What Kind of Export Should I Use?
Request for Feed Export and Publish
This will notify Trillium that your feed is ready for export and validation. Trillium staff will respond within 24 hours to this request and validate your feed, and if Trillium maintains your feed's static fetch location (where the file can be accessed by developers like Google Maps), they will post the validated feed.
Export Unvalidated GTFS
This will not notify Trillium, nor will the GTFS be validated, nor will it update your posted feed for developers like Google Maps. This should only be used to access a GTFS file for internal or testing purposes.
When Should I Request Export?
Request an export any time you have changes you would like posted to your static GTFS. Because changes made in GTFS Manager are not live, any changes made require the additional step of export and validation.
What Does "Valid Through" Mean?
This indicates when the feed should be considered accurate, which may be the end of your Calendar Service Periods, or may be a date by which another Schedule Change is anticipated to be in effect. For example, if schedules regularly change on July 1 and January 1, then a feed posted in April may have a "Valid Through" June 30.
Where Do Exported Feeds Go?
When a feed is exported and validated, it may either be posted to your pre-established, static fetch location (eg, http://data.trilliumtransit.com/gtfs/testagency-or-us/testagency-or-us.zip) or shared directly with you in response to the feed export request.
Do I Need to Notify Google, Apple and Other Developers?
Not with Request for Feed Export and Publish. Learn more about Third Party Applications.