GTFS Stops To Features (Conversion)


Converts a GTFS stops.txt file from a GTFS public transit dataset to a feature class of public transit stops.


  • A file geodatabase feature class is recommended for tool output instead of a shapefile because shapefile field names can have a maximum of only 10 characters. Longer GTFS field names will be shortened if the output table is a shapefile.

  • To edit GTFS stop locations and attributes, use this tool to import an existing stops.txt file, make edits in the map, and export the edited table back to GTFS format using the Features To GTFS Stops tool.

  • The stop_lat and stop_lon fields in the GTFS stops.txt file define the latitude and longitude of stops. These fields are permitted by the specification to be null if the stop's location_type field has a value of 3 or 4. However, because this tool creates geographical features to represent stops, it cannot map stops that have no latitude or longitude. Consequently, stops with location_type values of 3 or 4 that have null values for stop_lat or stop_lon will be skipped and not included in the tool's output.


LabelExplanationData Type
Input GTFS Stops File

A valid stops.txt file from a GTFS dataset.

Output Feature Class

The output feature class.

Feature Class

arcpy.conversion.GTFSStopsToFeatures(in_gtfs_stops_file, out_feature_class)
NameExplanationData Type

A valid stops.txt file from a GTFS dataset.


The output feature class.

Feature Class

Code sample

GTFSStopsToFeatures example (Python window)

The following code sample demonstrates how to use the GTFSStopsToFeatures function in the Python window.


This tool was moved to the Public Transit Tools toolbox at ArcGIS Pro 2.9. The syntax in the code sample uses the transit toolbox alias associated with the tool's new location. However, the conversion toolbox alias continues to work. You do not need to modify existing scripts, but you should use the transit alias for new scripts.

arcpy.transit.GTFSStopsToFeatures(r"D:/GTFS/stops.txt", r"D:/Data/output.gdb/stops")


Licensing information

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