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Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan advised back in January that work had started to allow data from the Victorian Public Transit system in a standardised format. While March is about to close, the Labor government has delivered with Labor premier David Andrews announcing the release of data on reddit.

In a tweet, Mr Andrews pointed users to a reddit thread which was linked to a screen shot hosted on imgur, which showed the comparative differences between Google Transit information in Melbourne (non-existent) to Sydney (fully populated).
Melbourne Transit information

In the reddit thread, Mr Andrews also linked to the data which has been released which developers can now access. The data has been released in General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) which ‘defines a common format for public transport schedules and associated geographic information’. The data released contains ‘scheduled information for all metropolitan and regional train, tram and bus services in Victoria’.

While the data still isn’t showing up in Google Transit as yet, the data is now there and we know Google is fast when it comes to implementing this sort of thing. Shout out if you see any updates in your data.

Source: redditData.Vic.Gov.au.
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    Daniel
    Daniel
    5 years ago

    Who is David Andrews? Lol

    “While March is about to close, the Labor government has delivered with Labor premier David Andrews announcing the release of data on reddit.”

    Good stuff though!

    whispy_snippet
    whispy_snippet
    5 years ago

    UHHHHHH YEEEEEEEEAAAAH.

    I am so, so happy about this. The gov made a promise and is delivering. Pats on the back!

    Harry Millward
    Harry Millward
    5 years ago

    ABOUT FRIGGEN TIME!

    TT
    TT
    5 years ago

    Does this one can provide realtime bus and train timetable in Melbourne? Or just scheduled timetable like PTV does for now?

    whispy_snippet
    whispy_snippet
    Reply to  TT
    5 years ago

    Unfortunately I don’t think it’s real time info but I can promise you that Google Maps offers a much, much better experience than the PTV app.

    TT
    TT
    Reply to  whispy_snippet
    5 years ago

    I definitely believe this.

    Duncan_J
    Duncan_J
    5 years ago

    kudos to you Department of moving people Victoria, kudos

    Cal
    Cal
    5 years ago

    I’m curious as to how Nokias’ “Here” maps has had the ability to plan a route with Public Transport for quite a while now (in Melbourne), yet Google maps hasn’t. Has Nokia paid for the data or what?

    ozmusiq
    ozmusiq
    Reply to  Cal
    5 years ago

    Melbourne released the transit data in their own format, rather than using the GTFS standard. Google opted not to configure a system to reformat the data Melbourne released.

    TT
    TT
    Reply to  ozmusiq
    5 years ago

    So it seems we can just take benefit of Google transit and not realtime train and bus timetable?

    Cal
    Cal
    Reply to  ozmusiq
    5 years ago

    Ah, right. Thanks

    Woto
    Woto
    Reply to  Cal
    5 years ago

    It’s possible the NOKIA devs integrated the old data into the maps themselves, which would be most likely.