[OSM-talk] Is anyone making public transport routing maps basedon OpenStreetMap data?

Peter Miller peter.miller at itoworld.com
Wed Dec 17 15:02:17 GMT 2008


On 17 Dec 2008, at 14:22, Nick Whitelegg wrote:

>> I'm interested in completely mapping my city bus network, it would be
>> great if there was some online routing application that I could go to
>> that could plan my routes. Of course I'd have to provide it with
>> sufficient survey information to do this, which would be part of
>> mapping it obviously.
>
>> Routing applications based on OSM data also have the opportunity to  
>> do
>> inter-network routing. You could step onto a bus in one city, take a
>> rail to another one, inter-city bus to yet another city, then a bus
>> and walk on a footway to your destination. All based on OSM data.
>
> I wonder if there is scope for an OpenTimetable.org system or similar,
> which is an integrated - and open - bus/train timetable database.
> Transport companies could be invited to supply data to this, and  
> then it
> could be made available to anyone.
>

I think that would be an excellent idea, however don't assume transit  
authorities will always give you the data because they often won't for  
various reasons. There is not however a problem as far as I know in  
people collecting their own timetable information from printed  
material and entering it into a common DV. What would be needed would  
be a repository and a way of entering data. GTFS is probably a good  
starting point. Some data is already available from authorities in  
that format. I do expect that more official data may be donated in  
time, but people might need to be prepared to do it the hard way first.

Personally I also think it would be good to provide a way for people  
to enter old timetables. I have a bradshaws 1921 railway timetable and  
there is also a reprint for 1910. I am sure some people would love to  
enter it into a DB so that could produce station maps and do journey  
planning for the old network!

Are you in favour of a new list to discuss these sorts of things?


Peter



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