We’ve been working hard in the past few weeks to get TransitTimes+ ready for iOS 6, and we’re glad to announce that it is now available and fully-integrated with the new Apple Maps app!
This means when you request public transit directions from the Maps app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you can use TransitTimes+ to find these directions!
This week (August 13-19) is Rail Safety Week in Australia:
Rail Safety Week (RSW) is an Australasian rail industry initiative that sees operators across Australia and New Zealand come together to promote rail safety messages for one week every year. Running from 13-19 August this year, RSW is now in its seventh year and will once again target local communities and the public, encouraging safety around railway lines.
Remember to be careful around trains! For more information, visit http://www.railsafetyweek.com/
On June 21, 2012, American Public Transportation Association (APTA), in partnership with The Sierra Club, The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and public transportation systems across the country will celebrate the 7th Annual National Dump the Pump Day.
American Public Transport Association
Just to give you an idea of what TransitTimes looks like, here’s a screenshot. It’s likely there will be more screenshots posted in future to highlight specific functionality. This is the “route list” screen on iPhone 4 retina display.
TransitTimes is an iOS application available for many different cities that provides offline timetable and trip planning functionality for public transit systems.
This presents many challenges, such as:
- Every city’s public transit system is structured differently. Some have trains, others have subways, others have ferries, some have all of the above. All (so far) have buses
- Every city that provides an open data feed (using a spec such as GTFS) structures their data differently.
- Big cities have a lot of data
- Mobile devices have limited storage space and computing power
This blog will discuss these challenges and how TransitTimes deals (or may deal) with them.
Essentially, it’s a blog about programming, but primarily geared at public transit systems.