Open Transport Data in Dhaka

Dhaka’s rapid population and economic growth means it is a focus for mass rapid transit investment and the Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) was established to plan and coordinate transport services with support from international donor banks.

ITP was appointed to work alongside World Bank to provide capacity-building support and advice to the DTCA, with a specific focus on integrating open data and evidence-based planning techniques.  We shared knowledge of international open transport data specifications (GTFS) and accessibility modelling; applying open source software tools developed by our sister company Conveyal to a series of interactive training courses delivered in Dhaka.  

In doing so we helped DTCA's local team of transport planners to quantify and model the journey time impacts of the city's 300 existing public and privately-operated bus routes.  Our work resulted in a research-quality GTFS feed for the city, and a published report that estimated the difference between men and women’s accessibility to key local services and employment opportunities.

Blog - Dhaka