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Transit Tracker - Greater Montréal, Greater Toronto, Sherbrooke and Lévis

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Unfortunately, Transit Tracker v2 will not be accessible for the next days.

My server had a problem yesterday and has not been able to start since.

You can still access version 1, which is on a different server https://felixinx.github.io/mtl-gtfs-rt/

Sorry about this interruption and I will let you know has soon as it's back online.

EDIT: The app is now working on a new server.

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Transit Tracker version 2.1.0 is now available. For this version, I have worked on the user interface like the home page and settings page. There are no new features, but I hope it will make the experience better for new and existing users. I also made improvement regarding the reliability of the application, which was not really good in the past week, everything should be fixed now.

If the app is empty after the update, please clear your browser cache: https://support.qlik.com/articles/000041435

I have also created a Twitter account where I will tweet some stats, updates and news about the applicationhttps://twitter.com/ttrackerca

For users of the first version (on Github), you will see a dialog inviting you to use version 2 in the upcoming days. The version 1 will continue to work, but I will not make any further updates.

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One thing that I found difficult is when I looked for a specific bus on a route, I saw the bus but I had no idea where it was or which direction it was going... when I go to the station to transfer to the route, a completely different type of bus arrived... Maybe make it easier for the user to find the direction the bus is going or the estimated time that bus would arrive at a metro station 

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16 hours ago, Transitfan39 said:

One thing that I found difficult is when I looked for a specific bus on a route, I saw the bus but I had no idea where it was or which direction it was going... when I go to the station to transfer to the route, a completely different type of bus arrived... Maybe make it easier for the user to find the direction the bus is going or the estimated time that bus would arrive at a metro station 

Thanks for your comment, however, I don't plan to add such features in the future. However, you should be able to see the headsign for must vehicles and the direction for all, except STM (they don't provide it).

The goal of Transit Tracker is to provide an overview of the public transport network and to find out which buses are on which lines. The main "selling point" of my app is the ability to see fleet numbers. You can also see buses on special lines, like school and industrial extras. The app was never intended or made to be used as a schedule app.

I don't have the resources or budget to add this functionality and there is plenty of app that do it way better that I could ever do it, like Chrono and Transit.

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8 hours ago, FelixINX said:

Thanks for your comment, however, I don't plan to add such features in the future. However, you should be able to see the headsign for must vehicles and the direction for all, except STM (they don't provide it).

The goal of Transit Tracker is to provide an overview of the public transport network and to find out which buses are on which lines. The main "selling point" of my app is the ability to see fleet numbers. You can also see buses on special lines, like school and industrial extras. The app was never intended or made to be used as a schedule app.

I don't have the resources or budget to add this functionality and there is plenty of app that do it way better that I could ever do it, like Chrono and Transit.

Ah thanks for the reply and the clarification, I thought I could see which direction the bus going.... 

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Transit Tracker 2.2 is now available. This update focus on the performance of the app, with the most noticeable difference being the map tab. On phones and even computers, the map was previously "laggy" and unresponsive. By changing how the map is rendered, there is now a big performance gain. 

Also, there is a new links section in the bottom sheet (when you select a vehicle and then expand the footer). You can now access the new GTFS Tools website by @Gerbil and FleetStats by @Blue Hybrid Bus and @West Island Transit Fan. I am also gradually adding CPTDB wiki pages for all agencies.

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Version 2.3 is now online! I have added support for multiple GTFS Realtime fields, updated the map table and added route shapes. Theoretically, if the STM adds the occupancy status to its feed, it should be automatically visible in the application.

With these new changes, I will add new agencies that were previously incompatible:

  • Société de transport de Sherbrooke
  • GO Transit
  • Grand River Transit
  • Guelph Transit
  • Barrie Transit

 Expect to see them in the coming weeks!

 

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The Société de transport de Lévis is now the 30th agency on Transit Tracker!

For the other agencies in Quebec, I am expecting a return from the Société de transport du Saguenay (STSag), which should open its data in the coming months. Unfortunately, the Société de transport de Trois-Rivières (STTR), the Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) and the Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) do not seem open to the idea of sharing their data.

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14 hours ago, FelixINX said:

The Société de transport de Lévis is now the 30th agency on Transit Tracker!

For the other agencies in Quebec, I am expecting a return from the Société de transport du Saguenay (STSag), which should open its data in the coming months. Unfortunately, the Société de transport de Trois-Rivières (STTR), the Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) and the Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) do not seem open to the idea of sharing their data.

Don't place too much hope for the RTC, they don't want a tracker with bus numbers out there !

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18 hours ago, eclair14 said:

Don't place too much hope for the RTC, they don't want a tracker with bus numbers out there !

It truly is unfortunate because from an agency's point of view, it costs almost nothing to give realtime feeds to developers. Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't understand why they want to keep public information for themselves.

For example, I found the STTR feed, but if they don't want me to use it, I won't. On the other hand, STLévis was super happy to share its data with me, first developer outside Google and Transit, and they even shared my app internally.

I hope these agencies will change their mind one day. In Montreal, we can see that open data brings a lot of unique applications: Transit Tracker, GTFS Tools, Fleet Stats and there will be more!

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4 hours ago, FelixINX said:

It truly is unfortunate because from an agency's point of view, it costs almost nothing to give realtime feeds to developers. Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't understand why they want to keep public information for themselves.

RTC are data control freak.

End of discussion

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