[Talk-transit] Uploading public transport data on OSM

Stephen Sprunk stephen at sprunk.org
Tue Jan 16 20:07:55 UTC 2018

On 2018-01-16 08:30, Mike N wrote:
> On 1/16/2018 7:37 AM, Yash Ganthe wrote:
>> What caught my attention is a project called Go Sync 
>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/GO-Sync
>> The description indicates that it is for syncing GTFS with OSM. But I 
>> am not sure what type of account is needed for that.
>  From what I recall, Go-Sync only synchronizes stops but not the GTFS
> route paths with OSM route relations.
>  The routing samples on the OpenStreetMap web site will not
> automatically give public transport trip routing because the full GTFS
> schedule information is not in OSM.   It would require a separate
> local site such as OpenTripPlanner which automatically combines full
> GTFS with OSM data.   There are some companies providing large scale
> instances of OpenTripPlanner which may cover your area.

What I'd like to see is some sort of tag on OSM objects (stops, routes, 
etc.) listing the GTFS ID numbers so that tools can more easily connect 
the two; that should be easy enough if someone defines a scheme and gets 
the few relevant tools to use it.

The lat/long for stops in GTFS data is often questionable, so it would 
be good to have some way for folks to be able to fix the stop locations 
in OSM and not get overwritten by another import later.  In many places 
(especially in the US), GTFS data will change every few months, so if we 
want it in OSM at all, we need a scheme that can deal with regular bulk 
imports without losing quality where local OSM editors have improved 
things by hand.


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