Halifax Transit open data

Halifax Transit has launched the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) open data feed to developers as a beta release. This data is used by Google and other third-party developers to create apps for use by the public.

Halifax Transit publishes two GTFS feeds: one that contains static schedule data and one that contains real-time information, reported live from buses on the road.

1. Transit Static Scheduling Data (GTFS Static) – Metadata [PDF]
Download as a ZIP file. 

2. Transit Real-Time Scheduling Data (GTFS Real-Time) - Metadata [PDF]
a. Trip Updates
b. Alerts
c. Vehicle Positions

During this time, Halifax is monitoring the service for any issues and it may be necessary to turn off the service to address any technical issues that may come up. Users of the real-time data may experience downtime, inaccuracies in data quality, etc. until the Halifax Transit team has resolved any issues that were found.

Transit data specifications

  • Any changes to the Transit Data Feeds will be posted to the Halifax Transit social media channel @hfxtransit and on the Open Data Notifications and new releases.
  • Don't use the official Halifax Transit logo or system map. Only Halifax Transit gets to use official copyrighted items to let customers know they’re getting info directly from the source rather than other places that use municipal open data. See other terms of use for open data.