Demand-responsive transportation includes current and emerging mobility options including, but not limited to, services that may be (1) traditional general public, human service, taxi, and private providers; (2) emerging single- and shared-use options such as bike- and vehicle-sharing, and Transportation Network Companies (TNCs); and (3) scheduled in advance and on demand. These mobility options have been growing and, for decades, communities have been pursuing their improvement. Demand-responsive services are often characterized by complex, multiparty engagement and interactions for each trip. Other industries have experienced the benefits of sharing data to improve everyday business practices. In the transit industry, the General Transit Feed Specifications (GTFS) has already shown the benefits of sharing fixed-route transit data. Transactional data specifications will enable the transportation industry to adapt to current technology and continue to innovate.
The objective of this research was to develop technical specifications for transactional data for entities involved in the provision of demand-responsive transportation.
STATUS: The research is completed and the publication of the final report is available here: TCRP Report 210. A validator software tool that verifies data messages generated by a software system is found at the following URL: https://tcrp.demandtrans.com