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GTFS Schedule Overview

Getting Started

A GTFS feed, which contains static transit information, is composed of a number of text (.txt) files that are contained in a single ZIP file. Each file describes a particular aspect of transit information: stops, routes, trips, fares, etc. For more information about each file, consult the GTFS reference.

In order to create a GTFS feed follow the steps below.

  1. Create all the required files described in the GTFS Schedule reference. Create the optional files if their functionality is desired.
  2. Save all files in the .txt format. Field values should be comma delimited and each line should end with a line break. See the GTFS reference for detailed information on the file contents.
  3. Zip all the text files together. The zipped file comprises a version of the feed.
  4. Make the feed publicly available. See Publishing and Sharing your GTFS for more info.

Training & Resources

Technical details about GTFS, what it is, and how to create and maintain data:

View example feeds:

See more data sources.

For free tools and instructional materials:

See more free tools.

For ideas on vendors who offer GTFS services:

See more online courses.

Getting Help & Community

Mailing Lists

There are a number of mailing lists that can be good resources when you have questions about public transit data, software, formats like GTFS and GTFS-realtime, and other issues:

Check with your local transit agency to see if they have a mailing list of their own.

See more community resources.