Posts Tagged ‘real time train information’

V/Line’s new but misleading next train displays

Last week another part of the Regional Rail Link project opened to passengers – the pair of V/Line-only tracks between Southern Cross Station and Sunshine. Along with these tracks are two new platforms at Footscray station, which were provided with a new style of next train display screen. Can you spot the errors?

New V/Line next train displays displaying non-stations like Parwan Loop, as well as superfluous express running

Vision impaired and the green button

A few months ago I first looked at the uselessness of the green buttons that provide timetable information at stations, but at Southern Cross they did things a bit differently, with braille text being added alongside the normal instructions. However all is not as it appears…

Timetable information / emergency assistance intercom on the suburban platforms

Metro Trains says ‘Stay uninformed’

Back during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival rail operator Metro Trains Melbourne ran an advertising campaign titled ‘The Uninformed Guide’, featuring a fake newspaper that mixed a satirical form guide with targeted tips for racegoers who never catch the train. The name was rather appropriate, as the ordinary passenger waiting on the platform is similarly uninformed.

PIDS display at Burnley station platform 3 - 57 minute wait for the next train? This is the express line...

Making TramTracker work on ‘Dumbphones’

Over the years I’ve been using TramTracker on my ancient Nokia mobile phone, until December 2013 when Yarra Trams updated the web version of the service, and rendered it unusable on older devices. As a result, I ended up building my own version:

Using 'Jake Junior' to access TramTracker on a dumbphone

Testing the PTV transport data API using PHP

Last week on March 7 Public Transport Victoria finally released something many Melbourne coders and app developers have been waiting for – a public API to query their timetable data. So how does one go about using it?

Passengers depart the train on platform 10