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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
- 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.
- OTP fosters innovation and introduces competition in the industry, which can lead to better products and competitive pricing.
- OTP is open source and can easily and cost effectively be implemented by other transit agencies.
- OTP has the capacity to be a regional trip planner: TriMet is exploring IGAs with C-Tran, SMART, and Salem-Keizer Transit Cherriots.
- 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.
- OpenStreetMap data was improved for OTP, however, it can be used for TriMet dispatch purposes, saving significant commercial data licensing fees.
- Multi-modal functionality is a highly requested feature that not even Google can offer.
- Multi-modal trip planning can encourage sustainable transportation modes, potentially decreasing the number of drive-alone vehicle trips in the region.
- Multi-modal trip planning has the capacity to save significant travel time in comparison to single-mode trip planning:
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.