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In July of 2017, TriMet, along with C-TRAN and Portland Streetcar, launched HOP Fastpass as the Portland region’s fare payment system. Hop is an account-based regional fare system with a number of industry-leading features including: Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for integrating software and components from various vendors Virtualized Fare cards (“mobile wallets”) Fare Capping The…
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Trillium recently conducted some research for a client interested in identifying tools for transit project evaluation. This work involved surveying available tools and analyzing their strengths, weaknesses, and potential usefulness to the client. Trillium researched an emerging set of tools for measuring travelers’ access to destinations (“accessibility to opportunity”). Accessibility to opportunity has been measured…
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Trillium was excited to participate in the Street Trust’s Bike More Challenge this past month! Every May, the challenge encourages workplace teams to get out on bikes, earning points for each day and each mile ridden, and for encouraging each other along the way. As a Portland-based transportation-focused company, we consider this challenge to be…
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This past December, Trillium was given the opportunity to travel to Farroupilha, a city in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, to participate in the ByBus Project. Our goal: map the city’s entire bus system with the help of local volunteers. That may sound ambitious, but the community had been supporting this venture long before we…
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I had the great pleasure of getting to take a vacation the last two weeks, travelling to Saigon to explore urban environments in a region of the world I’d never visited. No one will be surprised to hear that what I was most excited about was riding buses. And I’m here to report that I…
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Trillium’s tagline has been for years “We make transit easier to use.” The reasons for that are big. We want to change human action. We’re environmentalists, safety advocates, accessibility rights activists, social scientists that recognize transportation as critical to the provision human services, bikers, riders, and walkers dedicated to seeing fewer cars on the road…
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GTFS is for everyone. At Trillium, we know what a powerful tool it is, and one of our goals is to make this data spec broadly accessible. Trusted training materials make GTFS and its benefits more accessible. To that end, Trillium volunteered to  expand on our previous work with the World Bank (see GTFS examples),…
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To develop shared languages for interoperable transit data, the question we face is not just how to invent data formats, but how to create standards and the systems around them. People ask “How can we have success on the scale of GTFS without Google?” This is an important question that state departments of transportation (DOTs), in…
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