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The footprint of UK bus operators

2 Oct 2017 by Harry Wood

Future Cities Catapult recently asked us what areas UK bus operators cover. We deal with data from over a thousand UK bus operators. In general an operator will run bus services within a particular region, but some larger ones (and particularly operating “groups”) cover multiple regions. We decided to take a look at some of...

The Future Cities Catapult TransportAPI service

5 Sep 2017 by Harry Wood

TransportAPI is available without signing up, in an offering supported by Future Cities Catapult. It’s something we mentioned briefly before, but how does this work? And what are the differences? How to use TransportAPI URLs are described in our API reference docs. Simply use any URL with an fcc. prefix, and without the app_id and...

Cross-matching live & timetable bus

26 May 2017 by Harry Wood

We offer bus information, query-able by bus stop, giving timetable data at one endpoint, and live data at another. We always regarded these as belonging quite closely together, and the response structures were always arranged in a similar way (a set of departures optionally grouped by line). But recently we’ve been working to bring the...

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...

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...

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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