[Talk-transit] Public Transport routing

Roger Slevin roger at slevin.plus.com
Fri Sep 4 15:53:46 BST 2009



Google Transit gets schedule data from the SE, EM and EA regions (but not London, so you can only get coaches from/to/through London) – and that data includes coaches which have at least one stop within the SE, EM, EA or London regions.  As Peter has said, discussions with other traveline regions continue.  I have no knowledge of ATOC’s current position – certainly it would be helpful if they provided rail data, just as it would be helpful if TfL were to provide London data.




From: talk-transit-bounces at openstreetmap.org [mailto:talk-transit-bounces at openstreetmap.org] On Behalf Of Frankie Roberto
Sent: 04 September 2009 11:24
To: Talk Transit mailing list
Subject: [Talk-transit] Public Transport routing


Hi all,

I just added a new introduction to the Public Transport page (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Public_transport), trying to give an overview of what public transport is and why it should be added to OSM.

Whilst doing this, I had a quick play with Google's Public Transit map service, to see how that's getting on. For the UK, it seems pretty useless! Just about any journey I put in (London-Edinburgh, Manchester-Sheffield), the only option I got back was a National Express coach - seems they're the only data service they've imported so far.

This got me thinking - whilst OSM is a long way from being able to add timetable information, basic routing (giving you the names of train services, and working out where you need to change), is something OSM could feasibly provide.

Is anyone currently looking at this? I know of http://www.öpnvkarte.de/ <http://www.%C3%B6pnvkarte.de/> , which displays public transport routes, but I don't know of any experimental routing services yet. Have I missed something? (Peter, ITO World?)

Incidentally, I just came across this page: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Train_routing which seems to mostly date from 2007, but has some useful information (and diagrams) in it, that could be worth merging into the Railways page (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Railways).


Frankie Roberto
Experience Designer, Rattle
0114 2706977

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