Development of Shape Measurement Tablet Application to Create Transit Data for Regional Public Transportation

JIITA, vol.4 no.3, pp361-373, 2020, DOI: SOON

Development of Shape Measurement Tablet Application to Create Transit Data for Regional Public Transportation

Chinasa Sueyoshi 1,*), Hideya Takagi 2), Kentaro Inenaga 1)
1) Faculty of Science and Engineering. Kyushu Sangyo University, Fukuoka, Japan
2) Graduate of Information Science. Kyushu Sangyo University, Fukuoka, Japan

Abstract: Domestic regional public transportation is positioned as one of the foundations of regional revitalization in Japan. However, contrary to its importance, it has not been promoted. According to the Japan Bus Association, the number of bus passengers in Japan has declined, peaking at about 10.1 billion in 1968 and 4.3 billion in 2015. Although municipalities which manages regional public transportation have made various efforts to address the lack of regional public transportation services that have arisen due to the abolition of private fixed-route transportation, most municipalities manage “community bus” services to improve the welfare of their residents. In regional public transportation, operating income decreases as the number of users decreases, leading to decline in services such as the reduction or abolition of routes. On the other hands the number of transportation company lines is decreasing throughout the country, the introduction of community buses is increasing. One of the problems in regional public transportation is that there is no fundamental transportation data available for making route searches on the Internet. Our laboratory team developed a practical solution for regional public transportation services provided by the service management support systems of municipalities in Japan. We converted fundamental data on regional public transportation to the feed of the General Transit Feed Specification-Japan (GTFS-JP), which is based on Google’s GTFS and was formulated by the ministry of land in Japan. The GTFS/GTFS-JP defines a common format for public transportation schedules and associated geographic information. In this study, we created a GTFS/GTFS-JP feed required for publish on google maps route search services, and have developed a route shape measurement application SUE to make it easier to create stops and shape files of GTFS/GTFS-JP feed, and evaluate the SUE application.

Keyword: Regional Public Transportation; Transit Data; Route Shape Measurement;