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MTA Bus Time® Historical Data Field Definitions

Field Description

latitude

Latitude received from on-board GPS Unit (WGS84)

longitude

Longitude received from on-board GPS Unit (WGS84)

time_received

Time (in UTC) of message receipt by server.

vehicle_id

3 or 4- digit bus number

distance_along_trip

Distance along trip (in meters)

inferred_direction_id

Direction ID from GTFS trips.txt

inferred_phase

The phase of the bus in its duty cycle; current extract includes only observations when the bus is inferred to be IN_PROGRESS (i.e. driving on the route) or LAYOVER_DURING (i.e. waiting at a terminal for a trip to begin)

inferred_route_id

Route ID the bus was inferred to be serving

inferred_trip_id

A GTFS trip_id representing the stopping pattern inferred for the given bus at the given time. Trip ID’s are only representative; they may not actually represent the trip a bus was serving.

next_scheduled_stop_distance

The distance of the bus (in meters) from that next stop

next_scheduled_stop_id

The GTFS stop_id of the next stop the bus will serve

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