gtfs

Download GTFS transit data into mongodb and expose routes, stops, times and more

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Node-GTFS

node-GTFS loads transit data in GTFS format from GTFS Data Exchange, unzips it and stores it to a MongoDB database and provides some methods to query for agencies, routes, stops and times. It also has spatial queries to find nearby stops, routes and agencies.

Configuration for loading data

Before you can use node-GTFS you must specify agencies to download from GTFS Data Exchange. You need the dataexchange_id for each agency you want to include from GTFS Data Exchange - it is in the URL of each individual transit agency's page.

A full list of agencies is available via the GTFS Data Exchange API.

For example, Austin Capital Metro is capital-area-transit, Washington DC is wmata.

Add the list of agency keys you'd like to support to config.js as an array called agencies

The mongodb URI is also configured in config.js

To load data

node ./scripts/download

To keep schedules up to date, you might want to schedule this to occur once per day.

Example Application

There is an example web app that creates some restful API endpoints and has a simple frontend for viewing transit data. It is in examples/express. You could load the example site with:

node ./examples/express/index.js

Endpoints

List agencies

/api/agencies

List agencies near a point

/api/agenciesNearby/:lat/:lon/:radius

//Example
/api/agenciesNearby/37.73/-122.25/10

:radius is optional and in miles. Default: 25 miles Returns all agencies that serve the 100 nearest stops within the specified radius

List routes for an agency

/api/routes/:agency

//Example
/api/routes/san-francisco-municipal-transportation-agency

List routes near a point

/api/routesNearby/:lat/:lon/:radius

//Example
/api/routesNearby/37.73/-122.25/0.25

:radius is optional and in miles. Default: 1 mile Returns all routes that stop at the 100 nearest stops within the specified radius

List stops for a route

/api/stops/:agency/:route_id/:direction_id

//Example
/api/stops/san-francisco-municipal-transportation-agency/34/1

:direction_id is optional

List stops near a point

/api/stopsNearby/:lat/:lon/:radius

//Example
/api/StopsNearby/37.73/-122.25/0.25

:radius is optional and in miles. Default: 1 mile Returns the 100 nearest stops within the specified radius

List stop times for a stop

/api/times/:agency/:route_id/:stop_id/:direction_id

//Example
/api/times/san-francisco-municipal-transportation-agency/34/1256/0

:direction_id is optional

Hosting the Example App with Heroku and MongoHQ

A Procfile is already in the repo pointing to the example app in examples/express.

Create app on Heroku

$ heroku apps:create YOURAPPNAME

Add MongoHQ to your app

$ heroku addons:add mongohq:sandbox

MONGOHQ creates a user, database and exports it as a MONGOHQ_URL environment variable.

Push your app to Heroku

$ git push heroku master

Execute the download script to populate the database with the agency data specified in config.js

$ heroku run node ./scripts/download

Pulling in updated transit data

Re-run the download script whenever you need to refresh the database. You may want to schedule this with a cronjob. Heroku lets you do this with scheduler.

License

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2012 Brendan Nee me@bn.ee

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