The National Transit Map - Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Registration web site?
The site for transit agencies to register GTFS feeds or other machine readable data is accessed through the Federal Transit Administration’s FACES website located at: https://faces.fta.dot.gov/

The FACES website is only available to transit agencies that have been issued a National Transit Database ID by the Federal Transit Administration.
How do transit agencies register their data with US DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics and agree to the standard terms of use?
Transit agencies can register their data by logging into the Federal Transit Administration’s FACES web site and selecting the National Transit Map link. Once in the National Transit Map interface you will verify your transit agency information, provide link(s) to GTFS feeds, or other machine readable data, and grant the United States Department of Transportation a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States (CC-BY-3.0) license. The license will grant access to and use of the agency’s GTFS feeds, or other machine readable data, for the purposes of developing and disseminating the National Transit Map as part of the National Transportation Atlas Database.
Will US DOT fund GTFS conversion or is it the transit agency’s responsibility?
This process is strictly voluntary. If an agency does not already publish GTFS feeds, there is no requirement to start.

Agencies wishing to develop GTFS feeds may be eligible for reimbursement under the Metropolitan Planning program and the State Planning and Research program, jointly administered by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration. You are encouraged to confirm this with your Metropolitan Planning Organization or State DOT.
Does the US DOT have a list of vendors that could create GTFS feeds?
We do not offer a list of vendors. However, there are a number of resources available on the internet for transit agencies who wish to develop GTFS or other machine readable schedule feeds.
Is the US DOT’s preference for the data to be available on a site that aggregates GTFS feeds such as (http://www.oregon-gtfs.com/ or http://www.gtfs-data-exchange.com)?
We do not have a preference. We only seek permission to download and use the data periodically. If you publish to an aggregate site and grant us permission, we will pull your data from there.
Will the national transit map incorporate GTFS real-time schedules, or only static GTFS?
Only static GTFS feeds. The National Transit Map will not replace existing transit agency services or commercial trip planning services. None of the products included in the National Transportation Atlas Database, including the National Transit Map, are intended for navigation or real-time trip planning.
What is the anticipated date of the National Transit Map rollout to the public?
We plan to release the first version of the National Transit Map this summer. Publishing GTFS or other machine readable transit data is a new and evolving process. As the process matures, and more transit agencies register data, we will update and release an increasingly complete National Transit Map as part of the National Transportation Atlas Database.
Will the US DOT considering expanding this project to trip planning?
There are no current plans to expand this project into trip planning. The National Transit Map will not replace existing transit agency services or commercial trip planning services. None of the products included in the National Transportation Atlas Database, including the National Transit Map, are intended for navigation or real-time trip planning. However, GTFS feeds that include timetables enable research and analysis of transportation accessibility and mobility.
As a State DOT considering a project that supports the USDOT’s National Transit Map effort, please let me know if there is are any specific project coordination/enhancement opportunities that ultimately will improve the public’s access to public transportation once your project is deployed.
The intent of the National Transit Map is to support research, analysis, and planning. The National Transit Map will empower the US Department of Transportation, planning agencies, and researchers to do a far better job of demonstrating the importance and role of transit in American society. It will also make it possible to identify and address gaps in access to public transportation. There are no specific project coordination or enhancement opportunities associated with the National Transit Map.