Special Notice: Upcoming BART GTFS Changes
January 15, 2019
BART is in the process of transitioning to a new scheduling system. The transition will bring some changes to BART’s GTFS output in the future. We’d like to outline these changes for you.
For the February 11, 2019 schedule change, we’ve created two GTFS file versions. The first version was generated using our legacy process, and it's available on the permalink. We also created a second, "preview" version to show you what BART GTFS will look like once we transition to our new scheduling system.
The preview GTFS includes more stop detail, like additional entrances and exits in the stops.txt file. It also includes more trip-level transfer details in transfer.txt. In addition, routes have been split up in routes.txt, and are unidirectional instead of bidirectional. We are also planning to refactor shapes.txt to improve accuracy, but that work is still on the backlog.
We’re still working out some kinks with the preview, but we’re using it our own internal applications now. We hope this will improve feed quality for everyone.
The next BART scheduled change will be announced. In the interim, there may be some minor BART service adjustments or special schedule updates. Our hope is to publish those in the “preview” version if they come up.
We apologize if these changes affect your app or service. As we work to modernize our back office systems, we’re also working to minimize the impact on developer services. If any additional changes are necessary, we’ll provide as much advance notice as possible.
For details on the February 11 schedule change read the news story here.
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