Mapping transport & mobility modes

Some readers of this blog may be aware that we have spent some some back in 2019 defining the different modes of transport & mobility. These also have been mapped / compared to both the Mobility Data Specification (MDS) and General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS).

Our first attempt at defining our own mode classifications aligned very closely to the TOMP-API specification’s definitions, so we merged that work into our own (and added a few more modes on top). Since then we have used this definition of the basis of our “Customer-Account” data sharing specification and also our “Operator-Information” API specification… leading to us launching this as an actual sector-specific directory for making shared / smart transport data more findable.

However, we have more recently been engaging with other organisation & bodies, to further align our data standards work with different sectors including: smart cities, business transport and freight.

This has led us to design a map of all transport & mobility modes that shows their different classifications and categories. And the above diagram shows our current draft version (v0.3), based upon feedback from several online forums and discussion areas.

Please let us know what you think, if our categorisation is correct and what modes we may have missed:

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