Connect Now to the National Transit Map
Measuring connectivity starts with having good data about where America’s transit connects – where transit stops are, how frequent transit service is, and where transit routes go.
Today, I’m excited to announce that we’re taking a big step forward in this effort: the launch of the open data platform for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s first-ever National Transit Map.
Map of participating transit agencies – 270 so far! Click the map for an interactive version.
Many transit agencies actively publish local data, but now, we have one national, open data map of transit service in America. Like all good data sets, we are starting with version 1.0.
We have work still to do to ensure that each transit agency has this kind of data so we can make sure the Map represents all transit service. We're taking an iterative approach to building this important asset, and we are looking forward to demonstrating progress in future releases.
This project started with the ideas of stakeholders at the USDOT Connectivity Summit, and thanks to the efforts of transit practitioners nationwide, the early data is now here for app developers, transportation practitioners, advocates, and transit users to put to use.
The Transit Map truly shows the power of collaborating and sharing data. In March, I sent out a letter announcing the National Transit Map project, and we received an incredible response.
The data we are releasing today comes from 270 transit agencies and includes nearky 400,000 stops and stations on nearly 10,000 routes. Today’s release is a huge step toward closing the transit data gap.
Data is most powerful when we put it into practice. We want you to dive into this data and use it for your own projects. We’re embracing open data and innovation here at USDOT, and we want to hear from you – how will you be able to put the Transit Map data to use? Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you translate this important data for Americans who need to use local transportation systems to get to jobs, education, medical care, grocery stores, and other key services.
Businesses could use it to see new opportunities along transit routes. Transit planners and advocates may can it to identify gaps in service and work to better connect their communities.
We’re getting to work with this data too, but we also want to see what you come up with. Share with us any new maps or other cool tools that you create to build connectivity.
To access the data and get started, visit the National Transit Map project!