Despite the snow, TRB 2019 has been a great success for Basemap and we have had over 80 useful conversations with transit authorities, universities, the private sector and other transport professionals. It is really encouraging to hear that our friends in America are giving a lot of thought into transport accessibility. I attended a meeting which was about creating an accessibility manual which would provide a set of guidelines to be used when measuring accessibility, both for public transit (transport) and sustainable modes. I am looking forward to seeing this progress and look forward to attending the meeting in 2020.
I was also invited to give an update of how we’re opening bus data in the UK. As we provide the TNDS, this gave us a unique view of what needs to be done and the importance of standardisation of the data. This is what’s happening in the US under a TIDES program where they are looking to use GTFS (which TRACC can load) as a defacto standard although some of the metro agencies were looking at other information including GTFS ride, GTFS live and SIRI. I have linked up with the main person in the US and hope to keep him updated with the progress of the bus act in the UK.
We are now looking forward to following up with many exciting conversations we’ve had and while we’ve booked to come back in 2020 I’m pretty sure we’ll be back before that!
Finally, it was quite exciting to make it onto the news channel whilst over here, cue obligatory “ask an English Person” for their views on the weather! If you want to see my fleeting appearance look below: