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Using GTFS Data in ArcGIS Network Analyst

BetterBusBuffers - Overview

BetterBusBuffers is a toolset to help you quantitatively measure access to public transit in your city. The tools use GTFS public transit data and ArcGIS to count the number of transit trips available during a time window for areas within your city, point locations within your city, or at the transit stops themselves. Transit agencies could use this tool for a more sophisticated measure of transit access in creating their Title VI reports.

The Count Trips for Individual Route tool allows you to examine individual routes in your system in detail. It generates a feature class of transit stops associated with the route you select as well as polygon service areas around the stops, and it calculates the number of visits, frequency, max wait time, and average headway for each stop during a time window.

The Count Trips in Polygon Buffers around Stops tool generates polygon service areas around the stops in your transit system and counts the number of transit trips available in those areas during a time window. The output is a transit coverage map that can be color-coded by the number of available trips.

The Count Trips at Points tool counts the number of transit trips available within a designated distance of specific point locations during a time window. The output is a copy of the input point locations with fields indicating the number of transit trips available within a short walk during a time window.

The Count Trips at Points Online tool does the same thing as the Count Trips at Points tool, but it uses the ArcGIS Online Origin-Destination Cost Matrix service so that you don't need your own network datasets or a Network Analyst license.

The Count Trips at Stops tool counts the number of transit trips that visit the stops in your network during a time window. The output is a feature class of your GTFS stops with fields indicating the number of transit trips that visit those stops.

BetterBusBuffers was created by Melinda Morang at Esri.

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