Yesterday the Imagine Team met with Simon Corbell to discuss our App MyBus 2.0 and the availability of real time Bus data. The meeting was positive, with Simon confirming the government’s position that bus data should be made available Open Source.
As with the GPS bus stop and route data to be released under the GTFS, Simon told us he wants to see the Real Time Passenger Information System data available Open Source also. It was encouraging to hear, and the meeting was very positive.
As it stands, a mobile app is not a planned part of the tender, but the possibility is there. We are glad to hear this, because the development of any official App will have significant benefits for the community; features and data lwill be available that would not be as easily implemented if the government were to leave the App development open market only, like recharging your MyWay card balance on the go, or getting news notifications.
Thanks again for your time Simon, you’ve given Canberra commuters (such as ourselves) hope for the best App possible.
So, we released (yet) another Market Update for MyBus. You can now save your favorite bus routes, please try the new feature out and let us know what you think by going to our site or via our twitter!