A data standard for Mobility as a Service Providers who work within in the City of Los Angeles
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Mobility Data Specification

A data standard and API specification for mobility as a service providers, such as Dockless Bikeshare, E-Scooters, and Shared Ride providers who work within the public right of way.

Inspired by GTFS and GBFS. Specifically, the goals of the Mobility Data Specification (MDS) are to provide API and data standards for municipalities to help ingest, compare and analyze mobility as a service provider data.

The specification is a way to implement realtime data sharing, measurement and regulation for municipalities and mobility as a service providers. It is meant to ensure that governments have the ability to enforce, evaluate and manage providers.

MDS is currently comprised of two distinct components:

  • The provider API is to be implemented by mobility as a service providers, for data exchange and operational information that a municipality will query.

  • The agency API is to be implemented by municipalities and other regulatory agencies, for providers to query and integrate with during operations.

At the onset of the program, provider will be required, with phasing to agency at a time to be announced.

The draft rules and guidelines are included in this repository for viewing and comment at ladot-draft-dockless-rules.pdf. NOTE: This document has not been updated to reflect the name changes expressed in PR #7

The specification will be versioned using Git tags. Currently, it is in draft form.


The City of Los Angeles is currently looking for feedback and comments on the draft versions. Comments can be made by making an Github Issue, while suggested changes can be made using a pull request.


Questions can be directed to jose.elias@lacity.org.