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

Peter Miller peter.miller at itoworld.com
Thu Dec 18 14:04:31 GMT 2008

On 18 Dec 2008, at 13:46, Nick Whitelegg wrote:

>> 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.
> Some sort of AJAXy thing where an incomplete timetable is presented  
> then
> people fill in the data (with operations available to repeat every  
> hour)
> sounds good.

Personally I am reasonably convinced by the arguments being put  
forward that any sort of collection of timetable data may be open to  
challenge within Europe under the DB directive. I notice however that  
lots of PT data has been released in the USA under freedom of  
information act which is a curious thing to have to do to find when  
the buses run. For example

I suggest that this is another reason to keen the PT data separate  
from the OSM data.

I was wondering however, if any of the authorities in gtfs-data- 
exchange would mind their data about the positioning of bus stops to  
be imported into OSM. Might be worth asking them at some point. The  
current bus stop positions are sometimes not that accurate in the  
official data. The data for Davis often puts bus stops in the middle  
of houses for example.



> 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?
> Yes, sounds a good idea.

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