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Launch process

Publish your data

Once you’ve decided how you’ll submit your GTFS-realtime data, you’re ready to publish your feed in a staging environment so you can preview the results before they go live. Contact the Google team to provide the following information:

  • Delivery method: Fetch or push? If you choose the push method, please send us your data as frequently as possible. Learn more about fetch and push data submission.

  • URLs for each feed type: Service Alerts, Trip Updates, and Vehicle Positions (NOTE: this is only necessary if you’re using the fetch method.) Learn more about GTFS-Realtime feed types.

  • Encoding type: Is the content in binary or ASCII format? (NOTE: Your final feed should be provided in binary format but you are free to use ASCII format during testing.)

  • Accounts for preview: What are the Google email addresses for people who need to access the Transit partner dashboard to test the preview? Create a new Google account.

Once we receive your Realtime feed request, we’ll set up a preview of your feed. This staging environment allows you to see how your users will view and interact with information from your Realtime feed. You'll receive an email to notify you that your preview is ready.

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