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Please lobby ACTION and ACT Govt to provide bus route and schedule data to Google

By patrick_keogh 3 December 2008 30

[First filed: December 02, 2008 @ 08:42]

I’m sure that some of you have used Google Maps. The latest versions, including the one for the iPhone can plan a route for you using public transport, as well as the “traditional” car and pedestrian route planning. In Australia right now you can only do it for two cities (Adelaide and Perth) because these are the only public transport providers which have made their data available for Google to read.

There is an excellent article here about this, suggesting that we lobby our local transport providers to get them added to the network.  The Google article about what is required is here.

I humbly suggest that it would be a good thing if ACTION routes were made available. All you well connected Rioters please raise the issue with those of influence! All you ordinary scumbag Rioters please at least drop ACTION a line!

UPDATE: Success!

OzPhoenix has received this reply:

    “Dear [OzPhoenix]

    Thank you for your enquiry.

    ACTION are currently working on making timetable information available
    on Google Transit, via ACTION’s website which will be in operation as
    soon as work is complete.

    Kind regards

    ACTION Correspondence
    email: action@act.gov.au”

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patrick_keogh 7:22 pm 06 Apr 10

Update:

I have had a letter from the Chief Minister (in his role as transport minister). The highlights:
– ACTION apologises for the delay
– there have been meetings

Well I am not dead yet, so there is still hope that I will see the day…

johnboy 6:44 pm 03 Dec 08

Sensis are great at strategising big ideas in the board room and selling them to gullible media.

Not very good at all about implementing ideas.

Tempestas 6:36 pm 03 Dec 08

PsydFX said :

Tempestas said :

Bungle said :

Haven’t Sensis given up and decided to use Google maps anyway?

Yep see #12

That’s only half right, Sensis have stated that the WhereIs part of the business will continue as it is currently.

Point taken, but if WhereIs is only selling maps for third party hardware like GPS and other embeded devices its going to shrink its business. I think this is a case of Google 1: Telstra Nil.

Competition is always a shame to lose but the Telstra business model of give us money for anything and everything was sooner or later going to fail in the world of DIY interwebs.

PsydFX 4:14 pm 03 Dec 08

Tempestas said :

Bungle said :

Haven’t Sensis given up and decided to use Google maps anyway?

Yep see #12

That’s only half right, Sensis have stated that the WhereIs part of the business will continue as it is currently.

Tempestas 3:49 pm 03 Dec 08

See who says you can’t crowd-source anything.
Well done to patrick_keogh and everyone else who wrote to ACTION.

What I note is really interesting about this sort of tech is that eventually it can work two ways. ACTION ends up with data saying “40 people an hour on weekends want to get from Civic to Manuka” they then have an idea of demand to plan new services etc.

patrick_keogh 3:37 pm 03 Dec 08

I got the following:

Hi Patrick,

Thank you for your email regarding Google information about public transport in Canberra ( ACTION).

I am pleased to advise that ACTION is currently evaluating the options to improve online journey planning. One of these options is through Google and ACTION is currently in discussions with Google Transit.

Keep an eye on the ACTION website for updated information.

blueberry 10:44 am 03 Dec 08

>I wonder if the use of the bike racks would drop much if the cyclists were charged full fare like everybody else?

I doubt it. A lot of my friends use the bike racks and rave about how useful they are and most of them said the would use it even if they had to pay. I think the free ticket was just a good way to encourage people to have a go at using them, Now they understand how they work and how useful they are.

OzPhoenix 9:08 am 03 Dec 08

ACTION sent me the following response this morning:

“Dear [OzPhoenix]

Thank you for your enquiry.

ACTION are currently working on making timetable information available
on Google Transit, via ACTION’s website which will be in operation as
soon as work is complete.

Kind regards

ACTION Correspondence
email: action@act.gov.au

Tempestas 6:36 am 03 Dec 08

Bungle said :

Haven’t Sensis given up and decided to use Google maps anyway?

Yep see #12

Bungle 12:30 am 03 Dec 08

Haven’t Sensis given up and decided to use Google maps anyway?

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