[iRail] MIVB GTFS data set troubles

Amit Uttam amit at allyapp.com
Fri Sep 11 17:17:32 UTC 2015

Hi iRail... hopefully this is the right place to post my question about
valid CSV GTFS data for MIVB? If not, please advise....

Short version:
Can the " (double quote) character in trip and route ids in MIVB GTFS data
be replaced with ' (single quote) character, or removed altogether?


Long version:

I'm pulling the zipped CSVs from here:

This data contains routes with id's that look like this:



This data fails the CSV lint lest. It's technically an invalid CSV file
because of the use of the double-quote character ("). Excel and other tools
cleverly handle this case and don't report trouble. Sadly, most development
libraries break when parsing MIVB's dataset.

Here's a screenshot of the lint report.

[image: Inline image 1]

(the error is a bit misleading because it talks about whitespaces when
there are none.... removing the double-quotes for the first column resolves
the error)

Replacing the " character during consumption of this data isn't much of an
option either, because it is definitely a legitimate delimiter character
elsewhere.... just not in the middle of a piece of data. I also hesitate to
replace " with ' character, because that could be a valid apostrophe in
legitimate data elsewhere...

Please advise.. and thanks!
-Amit @ ally
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