For Software Developers

AAATA is dedicated to improving the reliability and accessibility of our website tools to support software developers. We encourage developers to use our data to create new and exciting mobile applications that our riders can enjoy.

Please contact us if you are interested in partnering with AAATA on a mobile application.

Intellectual Property

AAATA/TheRide protects its intellectual property, such as its logo and other service marks. Permission/licenses can be granted to use TheRides' intellectual property, provided AAATA/TheRide officials approve the proposed use and the requester agrees to comply with all conditions. Regardless of any permit/license granted, AAATA/TheRide retains exclusive ownership of all its intellectual property rights captured in any scenes/photographs subject to the rights granted to the licensee in the approved permit/license.

If permission is granted, licensees must adhere to the following conditions when using AAATA/TheRide intellectual property:

  • The registration mark of the intellectual property must be visible.
  • Credit must be given to AAATA/TheRide for use of the trademark.
  • AAATA/TheRide shall not be depicted in a negative light.
  • The licensee must not depict AAATA/TheRide's intellectual property in scenes or photographs of activities that are illegal or unsafe.
  • AAATA/TheRide may not be depicted in a manner that implies endorsing any product or service.
  • AAATA/TheRide logos may not be used in any advertisements of a product or service.
  • AAATA/TheRide route maps may not be altered in any way.
  • Scenes filmed or photographs taken at another property cannot use AAATA/TheRide's intellectual property in any way that would violate the permission granted in the permit.
  • AAATA/TheRide intellectual property may not be used for any purpose other than that which is granted in the permit.
  • The grant of permission to use AAATA/TheRide's intellectual property is nonexclusive. Also, AAATA/TheRide has the right to revoke permission to use its intellectual property if any of the above conditions are violated.

Data Terms of Use

By accessing schedule, geographic, real-time, or any other data posted by AAATA/TheRide, you agree to these Terms of Use. These Terms may be updated or modified by AAATA/TheRide at any time at its discretion. If you do not agree to them, do not access the Data or download any material from it.

By using the data provided AAATA/TheRide, you agree to all Terms of Use.

AAATA/TheRide grants you a limited, nonexclusive, non-assignable, nontransferable, revocable license to use, reproduce, distribute, display, process and create derivative works of AAATA Data as provided by AAATA through the application programming interfaces (“APIs”), data feeds or otherwise for the sole purpose of assisting mass transportation riders or in furtherance of promoting public transportation. Except as expressly provided in this Agreement, AAATA Data may not be used, in whole or in part, for any other purpose, without the express permission of CTA.

The Data is collected from various sources and will change over time and without notice.

The Data is not intended to constitute advice nor is it to be used as a substitute for specific advice from a professional. You should not act (or refrain from acting) based upon information in the Data without independently verifying the information and, as necessary, obtaining professional advice regarding your particular facts and circumstances.

You use the Data at your own risk, and you assume the risk that the Data may provide incorrect information to you, as well as the risk that any material downloaded by you may cause loss of data or damage to your computer system.

AAATA/TheRide and its officials and employees assume no responsibility or legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, reliability, timeliness, or usefulness of any information available from the Data, nor do they represent that the use of any information will not infringe privately owned rights.

Should you use the Data for any purposes, you agree to provide the following legend, prominently displayed: "Transit scheduling, geographic, and real-time data provided by permission of AAATA/TheRide" unless otherwise agreed by AAATA/TheRide in writing. Other than displaying this legend, you are not authorized to make any use of any proprietary service marks of AAATA/TheRide, including the AAATA/TheRide logo, or any confusingly similar variant thereof.

AAATA/TheRide reasonably believes that making this Data available for your inspection is not an infringement or other violation of any intellectual property rights. To the extent copyright in said information is held by AAATA/TheRide, you are hereby permitted by AAATA/TheRide to copy, distribute, store (electronically or otherwise), create derivative works based on and perform and display (publicly or otherwise) such Data, and make such Data available to end users. However, the information made available from the Data contains material for which others may assert a copyright or other property interest, AAATA/TheRide and its officials and employees make no warranty or guarantee as to the ownership of any intellectual property or other property interest contained in the information. Furthermore, AAATA/TheRide expressly disclaims any responsibility to defend or indemnify you against claims which others may assert based on your copying, distribution, or other use of any of the information.

AAATA/TheRide reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue access to the Data (or any part thereof), temporarily or permanently, with or without notice to you. You agree that AAATA/TheRide will not be liable to you for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of access to the Data.

Notwithstanding any other provision in this Agreement, if you are in breach of your obligations under this Agreement, including, without limitation, the AAATA Intellectual Property Guidelines, AAATA has the right to terminate this Agreement immediately.

1. AAATA can take enforcement action against you and any or all of your applications if AAATA determines, in our sole judgment, that you or your application violates this Agreement. Enforcement actions can include disabling your application, restricting you and your application's access to the AAATA Data, terminating our agreements with you, or any other action as we in our sole discretion deem appropriate.

2. Upon any termination or expiration of this Agreement, you will promptly delete all AAATA Data from your application, computer systems or other storage devices and discontinue all use of the AAATA Intellectual Property. You agree to certify in writing that it has performed its obligations under this Section V if AAATA requests a certification.

The data is provided to you "as is" and "as available" and "with all faults" basis without any warranty of any kind, express or implied, including without limitation the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, accuracy and non-infringement, nor shall the distribution of this information constitute any warranty.

You understand and agree that in no event will AAATA/TheRide be liable for any direct or indirect damages, even if both parties are aware of the possibility of such damages, including without limitation loss of profits or for any other special, consequential, exemplary or incidental damages, however caused, whether based upon contract, negligence, strict liability in tort, warranty, or any other legal theory, arising out of or related to your use of the data. The parties intend that this limitation should apply even if it causes any warranty to fail of its essential purpose.

The invalidity of any term or provision of these Terms will not affect the validity of any other provision. Waiver by AAATA/TheRide of strict performances of any provision of these Terms will not be a waiver of or prejudice AAATA/TheRide's right to require strict performance of the same provision in the future or of any other provision of these Terms.

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless AAATA/TheRide and its officers, directors, and employees from and against all fines, suits, proceedings, claims, causes of action, demands, or liabilities of any kind or of any nature arising out of or in connection with your use of the Data.

The exclusive jurisdiction and venue for any dispute, action, or suit of any nature involving the Data and its content, including, but not limited to, actions for injury to a person or property or infringement of intellectual property rights, shall reside in either the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, or Washtenaw County Circuit Court. Michigan and federal law, as applicable, shall apply to all such matters.

You agree to at all times observe and comply with all applicable laws, ordinances, rules, regulations and executive orders of Federal, state and local government entities, now existing or hereinafter in effect, which may in any manner affect the performance of this Agreement. Provision(s) required by law, ordinances, rules, regulations or executive orders to be inserted herein will be deemed inserted herein whether or not they appear in this Agreement or, upon application by either party, this Agreement will forthwith be amended to literally make such insertion; however, in no event will failure to insert such provision(s) prevent the enforcement of this Agreement.

Developer Files

By agreeing to AAATA Terms of Use, you can access the following data:

An API (Application Program Interface) is a software intermediary that makes it possible for application programs to interact with each other and share data. It's often an implementation of REST that exposes a specific software functionality while protecting the rest of the application.

Contact us to obtain API access

Our data is available in the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS). Google has more information about GTFS.

TheRide encourages the use of our schedule data to improve customer access to information through new and innovative applications.

Please keep the following guidelines in mind when using our GTFS data:

You have an obligation to keep schedule information up to date. Our customers depend on accurate information. Outdated schedules can mean missed buses or poorly timed connections. We require developers to update their data within three business days of a new file becoming available. You're not allowed to use AAATA/TheRide logos or other intellectual property. While the schedule data is provided free for your use, our logo and other registered service marks and trademarks remain the property of AAATA/TheRide.