Portland Regional Trip Planner

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On October 15, 2011, TriMet formally launched the Portland Regional Trip Planner (RTP). RTP uses OpenTripPlanner (OTP), an open source, multi-modal trip planner funded by the Metro 2009-2011 and 2011-2013 Regional Travel Options (RTO) Grants. OTP will replace TriMet’s existing proprietary transit trip planner (PTTP).

New Features Introduced

OTP Benefits

  1. OTP1 is more cost effective than TriMet’s proprietary transit trip planner (PTTP) and it is an advanced product2 that utilizes current web and open source technologies.
  2. OTP fosters innovation and introduces competition in the industry, which can lead to better products and competitive pricing.
  3. OTP is open source and can easily and cost effectively be implemented by other transit agencies.
  4. OTP has the capacity to be a regional trip planner: TriMet is exploring IGAs with C-Tran, SMART, and Salem-Keizer Transit Cherriots.
  5. OTP’s worldwide3 developer community and broad user base has many advantages: more eyes on code and application, faster development cycles, more control, shared costs… When OTP improves, RTP improves.
  6. OpenStreetMap data was improved for OTP, however, it can be used for TriMet dispatch purposes, saving significant commercial data licensing fees.
  7. Multi-modal functionality is a highly requested feature that not even Google can offer.
  8. Multi-modal trip planning can encourage sustainable transportation modes, potentially decreasing the number of drive-alone vehicle trips in the region.
  9. Multi-modal trip planning has the capacity to save significant travel time in comparison to single-mode trip planning:
_______________________ 1 See opentripplanner.org and opentripplanner.com for more information about the OpenTripPlanner Project.
2 Comparative trip testing indicates an advanced trip planner in many aspects including performance, itinerary results, time savings, and advanced options.
3 OTP has been implemented in eight different countries (Poland, Spain, India, Ireland, Canada, Israel, Hungary, Australia) and translated into seven different languages.