What is Transmodel?

Transmodel is the European Reference Data Model for public transport and constitutes an offer to public transport companies and other providers of services related to the process of passenger transportation (planning, operation and information), to suppliers of software products supporting these processes, and to consultants and other experts acting in the field of public transport in the widest sense.

The reference data model, developed at conceptual level, can support the development of software applications, their interaction or combination in an integrated information system, and the system‘s organisation and information management which rules the utilisation of the existing telematics environment in a company (or group of companies) running computer applications supporting the different functional areas of public transport.

What help does Transmodel provide?

As a reference standard, it is not necessary for individual systems or specifications to implement Transmodel as a whole. It is possible to describe for those elements of systems, interfaces and specifications which fall within the scope of Transmodel:

  • the aspects of Transmodel that they have adopted;
  • the aspects of Transmodel that they have chosen NOT to adopt.

In what situations is Transmodel useful?

Transmodel may be applied to any framework for information systems within the public transport industry, but there are three circumstances to which it is particularly suited:

  • specification of an organisation’s ‘information architecture’;
  • specification of a database;
  • specification of a data exchange interface.

What business areas are covered by Transmodel?

The Reference Data Model (Transmodel v6) covers the following data domains:

  • Network Description: routes, lines, journey patterns, timing patterns, service patterns, scheduled stop points and stop places: this part corresponds to the network description as in Transmodel V5.1 extended by the relevant parts of IFOPT (EN28701);
  • Timing Information and Vehicle Scheduling: runtimes, vehicle journeys, day type-related vehicle schedules;
  • Passenger Information: planned and real-time;
  • Operations Monitoring and Control: operating day-related data, vehicle follow-up, control actions;
  • Fare Management: fare structure and access rights definition, sales, validation, control of access rights and/or travel documents;
  • Management Information and Statistics including data dedicated to service performance indicators;
  • Driver Management:
    • Driver Scheduling: definition of day-type related driver schedules,
    • Rostering: ordering of driver duties into sequences according to some chosen methods,
    • Driving Personnel Disposition: assignment of logical drivers to physical drivers and recording of driver performance.

NeTEx is an implementation of Transmodel. More explanations concerning  model semantics is here.