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Improved bus stop names

3 May 2017 by Harry Wood

You may not be aware that every bus stop in the UK has a name. Certainly bus passengers will tend to happily travel without knowing the name their bus stop, however bus stop names are a useful bit of data, typically forming part of transport application search result displays or timetable displays. We made an...

New apps by First Group

25 Apr 2017 by Harry Wood

First Group are launching a series of new apps for each of their operating businesses in the first half of 2017. The new apps include. “First Bus” on iOS and on android, and also “TransPennine Express” on iOS and Android, with more apps to appear over the next few months. With hundreds of thousands of downloads, these...

TransportAPI at the London Marathon

24 Apr 2017 by Harry Wood

Photo CC-BY robertsharp59 on flickr Yesterday’s London marathon saw a record breaking 39,487 people complete the 26 mile run. With crowds of friends and relatives cheering them on along the route, how does this effect London’s transport network? tube-radar.com (powered by TransportAPI’s tube performance data) on Sunday showed the underground network running normally (green), but...

Tutorial: An Easter egg hunt with “places”

14 Apr 2017 by Harry Wood

Back in December we introduced our new endpoint called “places”. In this tutorial we will create a web page with javascript to do a call to that. Since it allows us to do a textual search, and since it’s Easter…. let’s search for “Eggs” This tutorial is more about web development, and less about TransportAPI,...

Automatically selecting a journey planning service

7 Apr 2017 by Harry Wood

We added a feature to our journey planning API: this automatically selects the most appropriate service provider depending on whether the journey is within, or outside of, London. “Journey Planning” involves you specifying a “from” and a “to” location to receive back journey details including multiple alternatives, which may make use of multiple means of...

Places – Our new UK geocoding tool

15 Dec 2016 by Andrea Cox

Our new “Places” endpoint takes millions of location data points (“places”) from across the UK and makes them searchable. We’ve been testing the Places endpoint for a few months now and we’re excited to share the results with you. The geocoded data points it includes are: 500k Bus, train, tube, coach stops from the Traveline National Dataset...

Signing up to TransportAPI just got easier

2 Dec 2016 by Harry Wood

developer.transportapi.com is the gateway for developers to begin using our API. This part of our website has recently undergone a bit of a refresh. We hope you like the style makeover, but there’s a couple of concrete improvements particularly for the benefit of new developers as they sign-up: Sign up with a github account If...

Transport things on the internet of things

17 Oct 2016 by Harry Wood

Thingful “A Search Engine for the Internet of Things”, has recently been working with us to index some of our transport data within their platform. While the internet used to exist mainly on our computer screens, it is increasingly existing on connected devices. Not just smartphones, but also lamp-posts, kettles, rubbish bins and lots of...

Automating bus route geometries

13 Sep 2016 by Andrea Cox

There are over 16,800 bus routes in the UK and we are launching a new feature in TransportAPI.com that will enable you to map the precise geometry of every single bus route. Currently many bus companies and local authorities have to draw out route shapes and maps one at a time. They do this using...

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