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App Developers

Welcome to the NICE Bus Developers Page! We are glad that you're interested in using our data to build applications for our riders. On this page you will find three helpful files:

1) General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS)

GTFS is the common format for public transportation schedules and associated geographic information. You can find out more about it here.

We currently include the following tables in our feed:

  • agency.txt – basic agency information
  • stops.txt – list of stop locations
  • routes.txt – route list with unique identifiers
  • trips.txt – information about each trip taken by a NICE bus
  • stop_times.txt – scheduled arrival/departure times for each stop on each trip
  • calendar.txt – defines which service IDs operate on which days
  • calendar_dates.txt – lists exceptions to the calendar (such as during a holiday when a Sunday schedule is operated)
  • shapes.txt – defines how to draw a route line on a map
  • fare_attributes.txt – defines the rules for the base non-cash fare

We have two GTFS feeds you can access. A merged feed that contains data from May 19th, 2014 – August 31st, 2014. The feed can be found here: To_Google_Merged-314

The standard feed that contains data from June 22nd, 2014  – August 31st, 2014. The feed can be found here: NICE_GTFS-314


2) GTFS – realtime (Service Alerts only) (BETA)

GTFS-realtime is a feed specification that allows public transportation agencies to provide realtime updates about their fleet to application developers. You can read more about it here. Of the three GTFS-real time feed types, we are currently only able to provide real time service alert information.

NICE worked with Brooklyn based startup Roadify to build this file. Feeds are served via HTTP and updated frequently.

The feed is located at: http://nicebus.com/downloads/gtfs/NYC_NICE.proto


3) On-Board Transit Survey

In October 2013, Veolia Transportation sponsored an onboard survey of the Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) fixed-route bus service. The purpose of the survey was to develop a profile of travel and demographic characteristics of NICE fixed-route customer in order to ensure compliance with the federal Title VI reporting requirements.

The survey instrument was designed to capture the following information:
  • Travel patterns and behaviors, including where people are traveling to, when they tend to travel, where they come from, how the access transit services, how they travel to their final destination, how frequently they use transit service, trip purpose, trip length, and other travel modes they use.
  • Rider demographics, including race, gender, ethnicity, English proficiency, income, vehicle availability, and other information, which will provide Veolia with a clear picture of who is using transit services.

A PDF of the survey results is available here.

Downloading NICE data signifies acceptance of our terms of service.

Want to build an app that uses both NICE and MTA data?
Visit the MTA’s developer page here.

Do you have any questions or comments? Do you notice any problems with our data? Are there other data sources you would like us to make available? Please contact omar.alavarado@transdev.com