Lehman Center for Transportation Research at Florida International University

Development of Florida Transit Information System Version 2011

  • Sponsor: Florida Department of Transportation, Public Transit Office
  • Contact: Dr. Albert Gan, (305) 348-3116, gana@fiu.edu

  • Florida Transit Information System (FTIS) is a software suite developed to serve as a one-stop shop for transit planning information in Florida. Since its inception in 2001, the system has been used by different groups of users for a variety of applications. For example, the system has been used by consultants in TDP and New Starts studies and by transit agencies in peer comparison analyses. The system has also been used by many university professors in it their classrooms and research projects, as well as by students working on their theses and dissertations. The system has been well cited in many published study reports and research papers.

    The current version of FTIS includes three component programs:
    • Integrated National Transit Database Analysis System (INTDAS), a database system designed for easy retrieval and analysis of multiple years of the National Transit Database (NTD),
    • Florida Transit Geographic Information System (FTGIS), a standalone GIS system customized for transit planning for Florida's transit systems; and
    • Automated Transit Stop Inventory Model (ATSIM), an automated data collection and analysis tool for transit stop inventories.

    All three components are freely accessible to the general public at www.ftis.org. The first two components, INTDAS and FTGIS, were originally developed as desktop applications. In 2005, FDOT decided to convert them to web applications to facilitate system updates and user access. The current versions of INTDAS and FTGIS have become relatively complete in terms of functionality. A major objective of this project is to continue to maintain and support these two component programs.

    In addition, this project will also develop a web-based training (WBT) system for the two components. As part of the previous scope for FTIS, four one-day workshops were conducted at various FDOT computer training labs. The first workshop was conducted at the FDOT Central Office as a pilot test. Three subsequent workshops were conducted at FDOT Districts 5, 6, and 7, respectively. Due to limit on the lab capacity, the available seats were quickly filled up, limiting the number of participants. While these live workshops will continue to be the most effective means of training for FTIS, they did not benefit those who could not attend. To reach a wider audience and reduce travel costs, this scope will develop a WBT that will be developed as part of this scope and be made available from the FTIS website.