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Bond H Open Data end to end (GTFS)
Production -> Dissemination -> Use (circle back with feedback and improvements)
Themes from attendees:
  • Devil in the details for quality data
  • interest in adhering to standards/best practices
  • GTFS data: how to leverage? analyze transit networks
  • experience retrofitting existing systems for GTFS/realtime
  • "holes in system" data gaps
  • aspirin for GTFS headaches/supplemental datasets
  • communicate to customers
  • background/overview
  • connection to open source
  • convince decision-makers of importance/ get people to care
  • what is GTFS? how to manage? how to maintain? (from a transit org perspective)
  • what are the various specs/standards? for various modes? support multi-modal
Lots of time is spent cleaning and validating GTFS (common theme). Companies serve that service of cleaning up the data.
  1. Overview of landscape
  1. What is GTFS? general transit feed specification
  1. a series of text files:
  1. routes
  1. stops
  1. stop times
  1. trips
  1. Other specifications
  1. transmodel
  1. transexchange
  1. TCIP (US government)
  1. Real time/static: where is a vehicle? collected historically
  1. GTFS real time: requires a hardware company often who have different systems (sometimes competitive systems)
  1. what are incentives to integrate systems?
  1. Are we moving toward consolidation or away from it? RFPs requiring ability to publish in GTFS real time
  1. Uses of open data
  1. Apple: locations, looking for more specific places (such as station entrances); needs comprehensive coverage to publish for a city (no partial data); curating and maintaining is a large task
  1. Route adherence: importance for blind passengers
  1. Replace analysis using distances with actual transit data, changes perspectives and analysis of demographics
  1. analyze frequency and level of service (including service span), access to resources like libraries
  1. performance data of systems - how does other data correlate
  1. Production/maintenance
  1. adequate staffing at transit agencies
  1. companies using GTFS add on items and make edits
  1. help agencies see value in producing GTFS
  1. scheduling software
  1. Real-time gives agencies an opportunity to see problems with schedule (is the bus always late? maybe the schedule is just wrong)
  1. baseline - let the system run for awhile to identify issues; challenges with non-standard systems like university shuttles which may run inconsistently
  1. Standards
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Maria S Vision Zero
We know of problem streets/intersections. Is there more value in awaiting to gather data and analyze or just stepping in and doing something? Lots of discussion on this!
Maria S Yes, this discussion emerged with this issue: "act now with the data we have and our observations of recent injuries and deaths versus discuss further, gather data, vote on stuff, then act, etc."
Discussion on the 6 E's facilitated by Niall Huffman, Maria Sipin, Jessica Wackenhut
-Adopting Vision Zero best practices for LA
-Using existing data and moving forward with improved road treatments
-Political will
-Land use
Ideas and opportunities:
-LA Dodgers promote Vision Zero
-Speed reduction
-Appeal to regular individuals (what's in it for them)
-Live/work connection
-Early education around biking and ticket diversion program
-Citation data from LAPD
-Google maps and Apple maps app
-Safe Routes to School
-Inclusion in Mobility Plan
-Police enforcement, excessive policing
-No concrete actions yet
-No GIS data on intersections, sidewalks
-Lack of data
-Existing data on high injury network-- take action now, why wait?
-LADOT has data but they're not sharing
-LADOT doesn't have data, period.
Take action:
-Communicate with LAPD about citation practices
-Lower speed limits
-"All red" lights
LA City's Vision Zero LA and task force
Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance (community groups)
Recommended reading:
Jeff Speck - Walkable City
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David C Disrupting Transportation: Implications for the Innovation Economy
UCLA C Dave@techmiami.net
Bond H Innovation economy: technology as a function of the economy. Innovation comes from our perspective of the problem.
Blurring of lines between public and private sector. Private buses provide services that used to be mainly provided through public funding. But their customers are different. Did those customers even ride the public services before?
What is equity? The ability to participate. Whether you chose to do so or not is your choice. Having more than one choice (not being locked in due to lack of means).
  • Things always changing. We look at the past and plan/try new things. But then things change. Do we try to predict the future or plan based on now/what we've studied?
  • It's important to talk to the people we are trying to make things equal for (but this is still the current situation or even the past by the time the study is analyzed, those people may not know where they will be in the next 5-20 years)
  • Do we try to change the transportation system or do we change our development? TODs or dense mixed-use can change transit needs.
  • What is the root cause of disparity? Land use
  • Concept of #withnotfor. Working groups of riders with transit planners. Community leaders and public feedback integrated. Charettes.
Issues of communities in different places with different configurations:
Suburban cities who want to know how Metro is meeting their needs
David C Problem
1) How do we reach and access the target population?
2) Police officers targeting certain train lines for theft of train tickets. 
3) More technology and timely customer service when using transportation ex: (Greyhound strands people) 
4) 2 tiered system to disruption- eliminates middle class 
1) crowdsourced buses to live events 
2) Breadcar: Chinese community car service like Uber, website is all Chinese designed for that ethnic community 
3) Bank on DC program: getting folks banked/credit-wired, capital bike share to EBT cards 
1) electric vehicle low income car share (South and East LA) 
2) All community college students free transit passes 
3) SBIR: small business innovation research grants 
Takeaways/Further Dialogues: 
1) How does the flow and system of traffic affect the community and economy? 
2) Are LMI communities ready/included in electric car share companies?
3) what are our roles/obligations when creating disruptive innovation? 
4) opportunity costs for transit- what's the real cost? 
5) how would you get around Los Angeles without a credit card or car? 
6) what do we miss out on when there is poor and non-inclusive transit?
Bond H Part 2:
  • Access to a car without owning one- Suburban vs. New Urban
  • Social services and transit solutions
  • Innovation disruption and public outreach engagement
  • Using services for other purposes (out of service buses for meeting homeless needs)
  • Trade off of user experience and service to communities in need
  • Commercial companies: how do we keep from having the public agencies only deal with those not served by private interests? 
  • Using technology to increase accessibility (phone apps)
UCLA C What does equity meant to you? " Can people actually participate if they wanted to?"
  • -LMI not subsidizing services 
  • The opportunity to CHOOSE, accessibility 
What is innovation economy?
-technology as a function of the economy 
Innovation: different perspectives
-Public vs. Private
  • Public: mass transit
  • Private: services & personalized on demand transit 
Current car services:
-Bus, metro, Uber, Lyft
  • -"What about disabled and/or unbanked or un-wired?" 
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Bond H Relevant data:
Would be good to get the data from these maps as GIS data: 
LADOT pedestrian routes to schools:
Collisions near schools:
Asher M For commuters, awareness and enforcement of parking cash out might raise the popularity of biking and walking, especially for people living and working in Santa Monica. I don't know the landscape in Santa Monica, but regionally, awareness of the program is very low.
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Bond H SmartDock systems seem to be easier for out of towners and people without smart phones by providing dedicated kiosks where you both pay and pick up the bike. How can we ensure all bike systems are simple to use for people without smart phones (or whose smart phones don't work in this country)? Can we use the opportunity of the LA region running multiple system styles to study usage and use the data to improve usage?

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