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Transit routes represent how Transit Vehicles traverse the network. Transit route characteristics include:

  1. Route name: Often separated by direction (i.e. Inbound or Outbound or similar). One example would be MUNI_30X_IN to represent the SFMTA Muni Route, 30-Express, in the inbound direction.
  2. Directions: where the vehicle drives, represented by a list of nodes or links
  3. Stopping Pattern: Often embedded in the directions, are notes about what nodes constitute transit stops. In many systems, transit stops can be restricted to only allow alightings, or only allow boardings.
  4. Transit Vehicles type
  5. Transit Route Frequency, which is often designated by time period can be represented by a schedule or by an average headway

Some other common attributes of transit routes include:

  1. special instructions about how travel time is calculated, including the delays associated with making a stop
  2. transit agency, which can be used to help determine fares