Feeds and feed versions

Transitland is built on publicly available GTFS data contributed by our user community. Detailed information is kept on each Feed, and updated whenever a new version of each Feed is discovered. Feed versions are both archived for download (as .zip files) and imported into the Transitland Datastore for API querying by operators, stops, routes, schedules, etc.


A Feed represents a unique GTFS data source. Each Feed has a URL to a publicly accessible GTFS archive, a mapping of GTFS agency_id values to Transitland Operators, the geographic extent of the Feed, and the details of the Feed’s license.

Feed data model

Attribute Type Description
onestop_id Onestop ID Feed Onestop ID
url URL Publicly accessible GTFS archive
name String Feed name
feed_format Enum Currently: gtfs
geometry Geometry Convex hull of Stops in the Feed
last_fetched_at DateTime Last time the Feed was retrieved
last_imported_at DateTime Last time the Feed was imported
license_name String License name, such as MIT
license_use_without_attribution Enum yes, no, unknown
license_create_derived_product Enum yes, no, unknown
license_redistribute Enum yes, no, unknown
license_attribution_text String Required attribution text
license_url URL URL to Feed License
tags Object Tags
feed_versions Feed Versions Feed Version IDs (SHA1) for this Feed
active_feed_version Feed Version Active Feed Version ID
operators_in_feed Object array Mapping of gtfs agency_ids to Operators
changesets_imported_from_this_feed Changesets Changesets created from Feed

Feeds API

Endpoint: /api/v1/feeds

Feed license information

To learn more about how Transitland classifies the licenses associated with a feed, see this overview of Transitland legal and licensing issues.

Feed versions

Approximately once per day, the URL for each Feed is checked. When a new version of the Feed is found, a Feed Version is created. The ID for each Feed Version is the SHA1 checksum of the GTFS archive.

Feed versions data model

Attribute Type Description
sha1 SHA1 SHA1 checksum of the GTFS archive
md5 MD5 MD5 checksum of GTFS archive
feed Onestop ID Parent Feed Onestop ID
fetched_at DateTime Time was originally fetched
url URL URL when fetched
download_url URL Archived copy of Feed Version, if allowed
feedvalidator_url URL Archived Google feedvalidator.py report
earliest_calendar_date Date First day of scheduled service
latest_calendar_date Date Last day of scheduled service
imported_at DateTime Last time Feed Version was imported
import_level Integer Import level (0-4)
import_status Enum Import status, such as most_recent_succeeded
feed_version_imports IDs Feed Version Import IDs
feed_version_infos IDs Feed Version Info IDs
is_active_feed_version Boolean true if Feed Version is active
changesets_imported_from_this_feed_version Changesets Changesets created from Feed Version

Feed versions API

Endpoint: /api/v1/feed_versions

Active feed version

The most recent version of a feed that has been imported into the Transitland Datastore is marked as active. The schedule API endpoint only allows querying of the trips and calendars in the active feed version.

The FeedMaintenance service within Transitland Datastore automatically decides when to import a newly fetched feed version. If no need feed version is available when existing ScheduleStopPairs are about to expire, the FeedMaintenance service will extend them into the future.

Most recent feed version

Are you looking for the most recently fetched Feed Version? This is not necessarily the Feed Version where is_active_feed_version=true.

To query for the most recently fetched version of a feed, use an API query like: https://transit.land/api/v1/feed_versions?feed_onestop_id=f-9v6-capitalmetro&per_page=1&sort_key=fetched_at&sort_order=desc (replacing feed_onestop_id as appropriate).

To directly download a copy of the most recently fetched version of a feed, use: https://transit.land/api/v1/feeds/f-9v6-capitalmetro/download_latest_feed_version (replacing the Onestop ID as appropriate). Note that downloading is not allowed for Feeds where license_redistribute=no.

Feed version reports

The Transitland Datastore creates a number of validation and statistical reports for each Feed Version. The currently defined types of reports are:

  • FeedVersionInfoStatistics: General statistics
  • FeedVersionInfoConveyalValidation: Conveyal gtfs-lib validation results

Additionally, the results of Google’s feedvalidator.py HTML output will be stored on the Feed Version as feedvalidator_url when available. In the future, this may instead be stored as an additional type of report.

Feed version report data model

Attribute Type Description
id Integer ID
type Enum Report type
feed_version_sha1 Feed Version Parent Feed Version
feed_onestop_id Onestop ID Parent Feed
data JSON JSON blob containing report data

Feed version report API

Endpoint: /api/v1/feed_version_infos

Query parameter Type Description Example
feed_onestop_id Onestop ID Filter by Feed Caltrain
feed_version_sha1 Feed Version Filter by Feed Version Caltrain, single Feed Version
type Enum Filter by report type Caltrain statistics

FeedVersionInfoStatistics reports

This report contains details about the files in the GTFS archive and basic statistics about the CSV columns and values.

  • filenames: The filenames present in the directory of the archive containing the CSV files.
  • statistics: Data for each GTFS CSV file and column, with the total number of rows with data for that column, the unique number of values encountered, as well as the min and max values.
  • scheduled_service: Key-value data for the number of seconds of scheduled service for each date the Feed has scheduled trips.

Example FeedVersionInfoStatistics report

FeedVersionInfoConveyalValidation reports

This report contains the JSON output of Conveyal’s gtfs-lib validator.

Example FeedVersionInfoConveyalValidation report

Google feedvalidator.py reports

The HTML output of Google feedvalidator.py. Currently, this is stored on the actual Feed Version record as feedvalidator_url as a link to a copy of the report stored on S3.

Example Feed Version with Google feedvalidator.py report

Feed version update statistics

The Feeds API also provides simple statistics characterizing when & how a Feed is updated. This includes the total number of Feed Versions, the average number of days between publication of new Feed Versions, the average number of service days in each Feed Version schedule, and the average number of days of overlapping schedule between subsequent Feed Versions. Note: because the fetched_at value is used to sort the Feed Versions, manually uploaded files are excluded from statistics.


Endpoint: /api/v1/feeds/:feed_onestop_id/feed_version_update_statistics


Attribute Type Description
feed_onestop_id Onestop ID Feed Onestop ID
feed_versions_total Integer Total number of Feed Versions
feed_versions_filtered Integer Total, excluding manually updated Feed Versions
feed_versions_filtered_sha1 Feed Versions Filtered Feed Versions ordered by fetched_at
fetched_at_frequency Integer Average days between new Feed Versions
scheduled_service_duration_average Float Average number of days in each schedule
scheduled_service_overlap_average Float Average number of days overlap between subsequent schedules