New tools for GTFS public transit data in ArcGIS Pro 2.2

06-26-2018 12:08 PM
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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.

About the Author
Melinda is a product engineer on Esri's Network Analyst development team working primarily on ArcGIS Pro. She specializes in geoprocessing and python workflows and has a special interest in public transit.