Kisio and MobilityData announce a partnership with Google Maps to make public transportation more accessible with unprecedented new data

Kisio, together with Google Maps and MobilityData, publishes open mobility datasets and a methodological handbook to represent the interiors of transit stations and improve traveler experiences in trip planning applications. This work results in better journey plans for everyone, including people with mobility needs. On the occasion of the MobilityData Summit taking place on October 17th and 18th at the Centre for Social Innovation in New York City, Kisio and MobilityData are pleased to announce a collaboration with Google Maps on the project “Go Deeper Paris”.

Improve traveler experience thanks to new data

Seven stairs in a row prevent many travelers from using a subway. How do these travelers plan their subway travel? How does another traveler know which entrance will accommodate their stroller? How can travelers be sure that they’ve gone the right way in a big station with which they are unfamiliar? These are situations that all travelers face on a regular basis. To improve their experience, it is necessary to collect new information to allow trip planners to guide travelers in a more precise manner. Once processed by an algorithm, this accessibility data can be used to calculate better journeys, especially inside stations.

This is why Kisio, a mobility pioneer, worked with Google Maps on the project “Go Deeper Paris” with the mission of improving the traveler experience for those with specific mobility needs.

During the “Go Deeper Paris” project, MobilityData held conversations between organizations including Google and Kisio, to refine, finalize and officially adopt the results of this work.

A new data standard: GTFS-Pathways

The majority of trip planning applications around the world use the GTFS data standard (General Transit Feed Specification), created in 2006 by Google. However, current transit data formats do not include various criteria such as transfer time, level of accessibility, location of platforms, or the presence of an escalator.

To fill this void, Kisio began an experimentation phase in 2019 with Google Maps in two Parisian metro stations (Saint Lazare / Haussmann and Réaumur-Sébastopol) in order to digitally represent the interior of transit stations and to share reusable data.

MobilityData, creator of this new format GTFS-Pathways, also took part in the project to promote this widespread data format.

This new standard will allow travelers access to comprehensive and reliable information across all trip planning platforms.