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Knowing where a bus is located in real-time is a valuable bit of information for a transit operations center.  Knowing where a bus is along with traffic conditions, road hazards, road construction, and current weather conditions is even more powerful.  Storing all of that information to analyze past trends to make schedule adjustments brings the process full circle.


With ArcGIS, all of this is possible.  Currently, with ArcGIS Enterprise components, you can consume AVL feeds, weather information, Waze & Esri traffic data, and many other data feeds into a real-time Operations Dashboard.  With the ArcGIS spatiotemporal big data store, you can store these events for analysis.  However, in the near future, Esri will be able to offer these capabilities as a cloud service.  That's right, no Enterprise infrastructure needed.  We're calling it ArcGIS Analytics for IoT, and I believe it will be a game changer for the transit agency that wants real-time awareness with big data capabilities, but may not have the resources to deploy Enterprise.  Check out the video below to see an example of how you might leverage your agency's AVL feed.



For more information, contact Esri's Transit Team: 

I am often asked about auto-generation of notifications when a condition is met.  Using webhooks, you can integrate Survey123 with a wide variety of web applications. 


In the video below, I cover a simple, but powerful scenario.  Bus operators are required to complete a pre-trip inspection of their vehicle.  Typically, this inspection is done on paper.  If an issue if found, the operator will need to find somebody to take quick corrective action.  Using Survey123 to complete the pre-trip inspection, you can immediately notify maintenance personnel of inspection issues, saving the agency time, and getting vehicles on the street quickly.



If you have any questions about this workflow, or have ideas for other tasks that could be tackled with webhooks, please reach out the Transit Transportation Team at

We are listening.


What's the next public transit tool you want to see in ArcGIS?  What does it do?  What problem does it solve?

With today’s release of ArcGIS Pro 2.4, you can now create an use network datasets with public transit schedule data! No separate downloads or installations are necessary. Learn more about the new functionality in the ArcGIS Pro documentation. A new tutorial can help get you started.

Public transit service area generated in ArcGIS Pro


In light of this new functionality, the Add GTFS to a Network Dataset toolbox is now officially deprecated. No further enhancements or updates will be made to that tool.  However, the tools in the Transit Analysis Tools.tbx toolbox, which was formerly part of the Add GTFS to a Network Dataset download, are not being deprecated. Instead, those have been moved to a separate downloadable toolbox. These tools have overhauled to work with network datasets created using either the old Add GTFS to a Network Dataset toolbox or the new functionality in ArcGIS Pro.


Feel free to discuss the new ArcGIS Pro functionality and post questions about it here in this GeoNet space.  However, keep in mind that you can now call Esri Support for help with any functionality in core ArcGIS Pro, and that's often a better way to get help.  For help with any downloadable toolboxes, you still need to post your questions here.


Happy analysis, everyone!

Calling all public transportation planners, analysts, data collectors, asset managers, information technology gurus, and geography ninjas. In support of Esri’s new focus on providing location intelligence for public transit, we will be hosting quarterly public transit-focused webcasts to introduce new technology, show solution configurations, and foster collaboration within our user community.

Our first webcast is scheduled for Thursday, September 20th, 1:00 PM EDT / 10:00 AM PDT, and will cover mobile data collection for ADA bus stop assessment.

The webcast will consist of a demonstration and an overview of the technology configuration used. The goal is to give you the knowledge to deploy ArcGIS in your organization in a meaningful way that solves real problems and provides value to your agency. We will keep the webcasts to an hour, so bring breakfast, a snack, or lunch (depending on your time zone) and join us. 

For more information and instructions for connecting to the webcast, visit our Story Map.

Story Map

Configuring ArcGIS for bus stop ADA compliance surveying and monitoring

Presenter: Jay Hagen, Esri Solution Engineer

Date/Time: September 20, 1:00 PM EDT / 10:00 AM PDT (1 hour)

Connect to the webcast (available when webcast beings): PC, Mac, Linux, or Android

Please note: Zoom will be used to deliver the webcast. If you have not used Zoom before, you may need to install a plug-in for your browser. Please test the connection before the webinar begins. You will have the option to use your computer for audio or you may dial in. 

ArcGIS Pro 2.2 introduces three new geoprocessing tools for working with GTFS public transit data. The new tools, in the Transit Feed (GTFS) toolset in the Conversion Tools toolbox, are: Features To GTFS Stops, GTFS Shapes To Features, and GTFS Stops To Features. These tools allow you to convert the geographic portions of a GTFS dataset into feature classes that can be visualized in a map and used as input for further analysis, and to export edits to your stops back into a GTFS stops.txt file.


The GTFS Stops To Features tool converts a GTFS stops.txt file to a feature class of points using the stop_lat and stop_lon fields to define the stop locations. The GTFS Shapes To Features tool converts a GTFS shapes.txt file to a polyline feature class showing the physical paths taken by vehicles in the public transit system. If your GTFS routes.txt file contains route_color information, the output of the GTFS Shapes To Features tool will be rendered in the color specified there. The Features To GTFS Stops tool converts a point feature class into a GTFS stops.txt file. You can use this tool in combination with the GTFS Stops To Features tool to edit and update your GTFS stops.txt file.


These tools replace the Display GTFS in ArcGIS and Edit GTFS Stop Locations downloadable sample tools.

Hello Add GTFS to a Network Dataset users (or any transit tool users). I'm seeking some information about which ArcGIS software licenses you have because this influences my design decisions for future tools. I'd very much appreciate your response to this poll:


Thank you!

Going to the Esri UC (July 9-13, 2018)?


Here is a list of sessions the might be pertinent to public transit agencies:

2018 UC Transit Sessions.pdf 


We hope to see you there!

Frequent, nearby public transit service isn’t useful if that service doesn’t take you valuable destinations, like your job, your school, the grocery store, the doctor’s office, the airport, etc. We need to understand where the transit service goes. If we can do this for an entire city, we can find out whether some areas have better access to important destinations than others, and we can use this information to understand other trends and to correct disparities.  Check out this post on the Esri blog to learn more about how to calculate transit accessibility in ArcGIS:


Mapping transit accessibility to jobs | ArcGIS Blog 

The GTFS shapes.txt file contains the actual geographic paths taken by your transit vehicles (buses, trains, etc.). The shapes.txt file is optional, but it’s important to have it so that routing apps can display the transit data nicely in a map and show an accurate representation of where your routes are.  Check out this post on the Esri blog to find out how to create one for your system:


How to make shapes.txt file for GTFS dataset with ArcGIS | ArcGIS Blog 

Not all transit access is created equal. Some areas of town enjoy more frequent transit service than others, and this may vary by time of day or day of the week. This, in turn, might impact the area’s (or point of interest’s) desirability or be correlated to the area’s socioeconomic characteristics.  Check out this post on the Esri blog to see a sample analysis and find out how you can incorporate frequency of transit service into your analysis:


transit service frequency mapping in ArcGIS | ArcGIS Blog 

Public transit (like buses and subways) connects people with their jobs, schools, healthcare, recreation, and more. However, typical fixed-route transit systems serve only the people and areas within a short distance of transit stops. Many maps inadvertently over-estimate the area and people served by the transit system.  Check out this post on the Esri blog to find out why that is and what can be done about it:


Who does my public transit system serve? | ArcGIS Blog 

Public transit (like buses and subways) is a vital service that connects people with their jobs, schools, healthcare, recreation, and more. Consequently, if you’re studying access to healthcare, assessing an economic development project, trying to choose a new site for your business, or performing any other GIS analysis in an urban environment, you can take your analysis a step further by incorporating public transit data.  Check out this post on the Esri blog for more information about tools you can use for this!


Tools for public transit analysis ArcGIS Desktop | ArcGIS Blog 

On September 1, 2016, the US Department of Transportation released National Transit Map Data through the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). The geospatial database containing information from almost 200 transit agencies is the first of its kind to be made available on a national level to local jurisdictions.


The USDOT has been using smart mapping technology to place national transportation data into a spatial context for nearly a decade. And with the adoption of geographic information system (GIS) software from Esri, they have made it possible for their stakeholders, academia, policy makers and the public to benefit from transportation related open data. This new release continues to expand upon the vision of the Secretary of Transportation for creating jobs, connecting people between their home and work and revitalizing our communities through innovation.


Now that this data is available to local jurisdictions, it can be used for analysis on a targeted municipal level, as well as for the development of innovative applications which can improve transit services to citizens who live and work across transit system boundaries.


This national, openly available map of fixed-guideway and fixed-route transit service in the United States will allow the USDOT to support research, analysis, and planning needed to improve the nation’s public transportation system through a variety of channels.

The USDOT also uses Esri’s ArcGIS platform to power its own open data site and transit data itself. Data is being added to the USDOT open data site weekly, so stay tuned for more content as it becomes available. 


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