Google Transit
After much gnashing of teeth and countless requests from the public, Public Transport Victoria will release their transit information in a standardised format allowing for new apps, and more importantly inclusion in Google Maps.

It’s been a long road for Melbournians, with most major Australian cities gaining public transport information in Google Maps several years ago. The incoming Labor government promised the release of the data in the new format as part of their election campaign which led to their successful election last year. According to The Age, Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan advised that ‘work had started on providing Google with the public transport data it needed’.

The new format is the Google friendly General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) which Google uses to include transit information, including schedules and stops for buses, trains and Trams. The new data will allow for directions within Google Maps to include public transport options when requested, instead of showing ‘No Route Found’.

Our Melbourne Ausdroid writers and readers should see the new information in March, we look forward to seeing how it goes once it’s live.

Source: The Age.
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    Jen
    Jen
    4 years ago

    It is now end of August. Where is it at Google??

    Daniel Orchard
    Daniel Orchard
    5 years ago

    So the data is released, what the hell Google? Hey Ausdroid: Wanna reach out to Google and ask them what the hell is going on? Bing maps is using VIC data now to do PT, but I sure as hell dont wanna use bing on my phone.

    Level380
    Level380
    5 years ago

    So March is here….. and we’re halfway through it and yet nothing!

    Dennis Bareis
    5 years ago
    Reply to  Level380

    Maybe its March next year?

    Level380
    Level380
    5 years ago
    Reply to  Dennis Bareis

    haha most likely will be!

    patrick
    patrick
    5 years ago
    Reply to  Level380

    Well almost the end of march, and After reading the release I notice they didn’t specify which March.

    Level380
    Level380
    5 years ago
    Reply to  patrick

    March 2020 is looking good

    Adrian Trimarchi
    Adrian Trimarchi
    5 years ago

    Any updates on this?

    kjmci
    kjmci
    5 years ago

    Careful now, the minister said that the data will be released in March – that doesn’t mean it will be available for use in March. There will still be integration work required on Google’s side and testing before it’s pushed live. Don’t fall for ministerial doublespeak 🙂

    Kev
    Kev
    5 years ago
    Reply to  kjmci

    Where does it say “the data will be released in March”? That sentence was never uttered, so I think you’re only trying to inject negativity into this positive development.

    kjmci
    kjmci
    5 years ago
    Reply to  Kev

    From the linked Age source article: “The new data, set to be released in March”

    whispy_snippet
    whispy_snippet
    5 years ago

    MOTHER OF GOD YES. YES!!!!!!!!!

    forgot69
    forgot69
    5 years ago

    Praise Jebus!

    Ramiro Fernandez
    Ramiro Fernandez
    5 years ago

    PTV has promised this numerous times before, over the last four years. I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Adrian Trimarchi
    Adrian Trimarchi
    5 years ago

    Bye bye PTV app *fingers crossed

    Peter Massey
    Peter Massey
    5 years ago

    This functionality is awesome.

    In Perth Google Maps is better at public transport planning than Transperth’s own services!

    ohdenny
    5 years ago

    Finally…

    Anouk
    Anouk
    5 years ago

    Whattt! Finally!

    yellek
    yellek
    5 years ago

    It will be interesting to see these things evolve as real time information becomes available rather than just timetables. The ACT is definitely moving in that direction.

    Taleim
    Taleim
    5 years ago

    So does this mean that Google now will show this data as well? Loved walking to a tram stop in bordeaux, and the timetable came up. Would also mean that it may come up on my watch, which is what I’m really after!!

    whispy_snippet
    whispy_snippet
    5 years ago
    Reply to  Taleim

    I’d say absolutely.

    Paul
    Paul
    5 years ago

    As much as I love it here in Sydney, I’ve noticed that the options displayed have been reduced while they have snuck in Uber as the last option to get to your destination. Otherwise it works well for me.

    Mojo
    Mojo
    5 years ago
    Reply to  Paul

    I stick to TripView most of the time which includes live data such as how late or early they are running

    Greg
    Greg
    5 years ago

    Huzzah!

    homebrandcola
    homebrandcola
    5 years ago

    Yay! I’d like to think my letter I wrote their feedback system had something to do with this 🙂

    I’m now looking forward to my next trip south, post-March.

    Dennis Bareis
    5 years ago

    Thank god 🙂

    freakapotamus
    freakapotamus
    4 years ago
    Reply to  Dennis Bareis

    Its the end of May and this still does not work. Maybe it was March 2016