This is Part 5 of 5 in Trillium Transit's Get Started Tutorial for managing your GTFS with GTFS Manager. Go to Part 1
Step 1: Navigate to Calendars Dashboard
Return to the agency dashboard (See Part 1) and click on Calendars.
Step 2: Navigate to Holidays & Exceptions
The Calendars Dashboard shows you all the different Calendars currently available for use. Each Calendar has its own Service Periods (when it is in effect) and Trips associated with it. These are the same Calendars seen in the Schedule in Part 4. From the Calendars Dashboard, click on the Holidays & Exceptions tab.
Step 3: Add a Holiday
Each Holiday is its own entry, and Holidays must be generated every year because they refer only to a specific date.
Click Add a Service Exception to create a new Holiday.
Step 4: Name and Date the Holiday
Holidays have three parts:
- Name - this is internal and not visible to riders
- Date - Holidays can only affect a single date, and cannot be a partial day (such as morning only)
- Service Change - this is where services are removed and/or added
Give the Holiday a name and date. If you have a real one in mind, feel free to use that. Otherwise, this is a test record that can be deleted later.
Step 5: Remove Service
Most Holidays involve removing service. In GTFS, service is removed by Calendar and by Service Days (the grouping of days that Trips are assigned to, such as Mon-Fri.) So, if the Holiday is on a Tuesday, then the affected Service Days are any grouping that includes a Tuesday. In this example, that includes Mon-Fri and Mon-Sat service.
When more than one Service Day grouping is affected on a Calendar, that Calendar must be selected more than once, to account for each Service Day Grouping.
Step 6: Save Your Holiday
Always save your work in GTFS Manager! The big green bar Add Service Exception will save your work.
Note: If the Holiday was just a sample test, make sure to delete the Holiday before finishing this tutorial. Click the red "x" to the right of the record to remove it from the GTFS.
Step 7: Reach Out to Trillium Transit
This tutorial covered a few key things that you will need to be familiar with to keep your GTFS up to date, but there is a lot more to know about how to make sure your riders have the best information about your agency's services.
If you have not already had a walkthrough with a Trillium staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to set one up. A staff member will be happy to screenshare with you and walk you through changes you want to make to your GTFS, including ones you did not even know you needed!