Specification Development Process ¶
Early Development ¶
The California Integrated Travel Project (Cal-ITP) developed the ODS initiative in response to feedback from local transit providers and vendors. As Cal-ITP has as its core a mission to improve the quality of mobility data and increase the efficiency of transportation service delivery in the state of California, Cal-ITP conducted research and conversations with an eye toward identifying existing pain points, with the lack of a standard format between scheduling software and CAD/AVL software being identified by respondents as a major source of friction.
In 2021, Cal-ITP convened the ODS Working Group, composed of stakeholders throughout the mobility industry, for the purpose of developing and adopting a first version of ODS. These stakeholders included transit schedule firms, CAD/AVL firms, public transit providers, private transit providers, local governments and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), labor unions, and manufacturers of integrated on-vehicle hardware solutions (such as Automated Passenger Counting devices or LED signage). For a full list of participating Working Group members, go to the ODS Working Group page.
Some of the Working Group’s key initial goals were to:
- Create common standard for transit operational data
- Improve efficiency in dispatching, planning, scheduling, driver shift management, and other back-end transit operations
- Reduce the burden of generating data for reporting (FTA and other)
Meetings began in Summer of 2021 and continued through the end of 2021, at which point a framework for v1.0.0 had been reached. After spending several months resolving minor issues with the framework, the ODS Working Group approved v1.0.0 on May 3rd, 2022. For a full list of past meetings and videos, go to the Resources page.