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JavaScript GTFS-realtime Language Bindings

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Provides JavaScript classes and their associated types generated from the GTFS-realtime Protocol Buffer specification. These classes will allow you to parse a binary Protocol Buffer GTFS-realtime data feed into JavaScript objects.

These bindings are designed to be used in the Node.js environment, but with some effort, they can probably be used in other JavaScript environments as well.

We use the ProtoBuf.js library for JavaScript Protocol Buffer support.

Add the Dependency

To use the gtfs-realtime-bindings classes in your own project, you need to first install our Node.js npm package:

npm install gtfs-realtime-bindings

Example Code

The following Node.js code snippet demonstrates downloading a GTFS-realtime data feed from a particular URL, parsing it as a FeedMessage (the root type of the GTFS-realtime schema), and iterating over the results.

In order to make this example work, you must first install node-fetch with NPM.

Note: this exemple is using ES modules (import/export syntax) and is not compatible with CommonJS (require syntax). You can use CommonJS by converting import to require and installing node-fetch@2. Learn more about ES modules here.

import GtfsRealtimeBindings from "gtfs-realtime-bindings";
import fetch from "node-fetch";

(async () => {
  try {
    const response = await fetch("<GTFS-realtime source URL>", {
      headers: {
        "x-api-key": "<redacted>",
        // replace with your GTFS-realtime source's auth token
        // e.g. x-api-key is the header value used for NY's MTA GTFS APIs
    if (!response.ok) {
      const error = new Error(`${response.url}: ${response.status} ${response.statusText}`);
      error.response = response;
      throw error;
    const buffer = await response.arrayBuffer();
    const feed = GtfsRealtimeBindings.transit_realtime.FeedMessage.decode(
      new Uint8Array(buffer)
    feed.entity.forEach((entity) => {
      if (entity.tripUpdate) {
  catch (error) {

For more details on the naming conventions for the JavaScript classes generated from the gtfs-realtime.proto, check out the ProtoBuf.js project which we use to handle our Protocol Buffer serialization.