On-Demand Mobility Data Format GTFS-Flex Now Available for MENTZ Customers

To provide reliable and intuitive travel information, cities, mobility providers, or public institutions need common standards and tools. “GTFS-Flex” extends the traditional GTFS standard and has been officially part of the GTFS specification since March 18th. This allows for various forms of on-demand services to be reliably and high-quality displayed in digital travel information, websites, and apps.

“GTFS-Flex is a very robust, universal, and international data format for the exchange of demand-responsive transport schedules, which we at MENTZ have co-developed. The development process of the GTFS-Flex standard is moderated by Mobility Data, an initiative of service providers in the mobility sector based in Montreal, Canada. As a member of Mobility Data, we at MENTZ are directly involved in the development of the GTFS-Flex standard, enabling our customers to exchange data about their demand-responsive transport with other mobility providers reliably and in high quality,” says Alexander Klement, project manager at MENTZ.

The proven DIVA system by MENTZ can already export mobility data maintained in DIVA into the brand-new GTFS-Flex format. Since April, the Open Data Platform Mobility Switzerland has been offering data for on-demand transport twice a week in the new standardized format “GTFS-Flex” (https://opentransportdata.swiss/de/dataset/gtfsflex). This, for example, supports the SKI+ website (https://www.xn--v-info-vxa.ch/de/datenmanagement/ski/mobilitaetsdaten-und-dienste-von-ski) (read also our article “SBB Timetable Publication” in the current MENTZ Magazine). The Mobility Consortia Austria (MVO) are also already working on providing demand-responsive transport data in the final version of the GTFS-Flex standard.

DIVA On-demand traffic module