Tuesday , August 21 2018

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
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Jen

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

Daniel Orchard (danielsoar)
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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.

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Level380

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

dbareis
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Maybe its March next year?

Level380
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Level380

haha most likely will be!

patrick
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patrick

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

Level380
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Level380

March 2020 is looking good

Adrian Trimarchi
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Adrian Trimarchi

Any updates on this?

kjmci
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kjmci

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
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Kev

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
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kjmci

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

Luke Vesty
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Luke Vesty

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

forgot69
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forgot69

Praise Jebus!

Ramiro Fernandez
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Ramiro Fernandez

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

Adrian Trimarchi
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Adrian Trimarchi

Bye bye PTV app *fingers crossed

Peter Massey
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Peter Massey

This functionality is awesome.

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

ohdenny
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Finally…

Anouk
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Anouk

Whattt! Finally!

Peter Kelley
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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
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Taleim

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!!

Luke Vesty
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Luke Vesty

I’d say absolutely.

Paul
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Paul

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.

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

Greg
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Greg

Huzzah!

homebrandcola
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homebrandcola

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.

dbareis
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Thank god 🙂

freakapotamus
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freakapotamus

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

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