Chapter 30 Quality Assurance

GTFS feed validation

GTFS feeds should be validated using the Google FeedValidator utility. Tool documentation is available on the tool’s wiki page. This tool will check for a variety of GTFS feed issues, including:

  • Missing files
  • Missing table columns, rows, and values
  • Coding errors
  • Basic GTFS geometry

A full list of errors identified by this tool is included in the linked wiki page.

Routing problems

To confirm the project networks are properly configured, a network routing test should be conducted on both the base and project networks to identify the shortest path between two points. For these tests, beginning and ending points are identified near the termini of the project. The purpose of this test is to confirm that the network is utilizing the new path created by the project. If the build and no-build networks are configured properly, the build scenario route should traverse the proposed network segment. This test may also show a travel time reduction. Additional detail on Route analysis in Arcmap and Network analyst is available here. Recommended settings include:

  • A 8:00 AM departure time
  • Use the travel time evaluator create during network development
  • Route endpoints should be near the project termini
The below example from the 2018 scoring illustrates the results of this test. The top map shows a base
case route between Montgomery College and Wheaton Metro Station and the bottom map shows the route with BRT project in place. Additional detail on this project can be found here.

The below example from the 2018 scoring illustrates the results of this test. The top map shows a base case route between Montgomery College and Wheaton Metro Station and the bottom map shows the route with BRT project in place. Additional detail on this project can be found here [ADD LINK TO PROJECT 32 PDF HERE].

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No-Build Route Montgomery College to Wheaton Metro Station at 8:00 am

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Build Route Montgomery College to Wheaton Metro Station at 8:00 am

Service area problems (travel time contours)

A service area analysis should be conducted under build and no-build scenarios for each project. The result of this analysis is a map of travel time isochrones for a single location within the project study area. A simple check that the isochrones expand as the project provides additional service and that the expansion is intuitive given the nature of the project is sufficient to confirm that the project is appropriately integrated into the base multimodal network. A Service Area test in Network Analyst, which is documented here, is used to conduct this test. The following settings are recommended:

  • Breaks in 5 minute increments between 5 and 60 minutes
  • Departure time on typical Wednesday at 8:00 AM
  • Direction should be away from the facility
  • Use the travel time evaluator create during network development
  • Start points should be along the project

The below example from the 2018 scoring illustrates the results of this test. The top map shows a base case service area from N. Carey St and W. Franklin St. and the bottom map shows the same service area with project in place. Additional detail on this project can be found here.

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No-Build Service Area from North Carey St @ West Franklin St. at 8:00 am

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Build Service Area from North Carey St @ West Franklin St. at 8:00 am