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TCIP Assists Public Transit App Development

An APTA standard that promotes interoperability among public transit ­system components also provides benefits to third parties wishing to provide services to the agencies and its customers.

APTA created the Transit Communications Interface Profiles (TCIP) to enhance com­munication among all public transportation internal and external business systems such as computer-aided dispatch/automatic vehicle location technology, automated fare systems, and geographic information systems. This standard defines data interchange among these components of public transit management systems.

Any agency can make its data available in TCIP format—available for free download—and any third-party entity in compliance with the format can create apps with that data: for example, real-time notification of vehicle location along a route.

The primary benefit of TCIP is that it allows organizations to define data elements without starting from scratch, then forward the interface and the information to a vendor who can develop the final application. Without following this standard, suppliers create their own interfaces, which may not work well together and could become outdated.

TCIP provides standardized building blocks from which a public transit agency can specify the information exchange across an interface. The standard is thorough, incorporating 397 individual data elements. It also provides a road map for users, allowing them to choose custom options to meet specific needs, and includes user-friendly tools to assist agencies in implementing the standard.

The National Transit Institute offers a two-day course designed to teach public transit professionals how to interpret and use the TCIP standard, as well as a half-day introductory course. APTA is currently working with the DOT Joint Programs Office preparing interactive training modules.

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