Public Transport Victoria (PTV) will release transit information in an uniformed format allowing for new apps according to The Age, and particularly, the inclusion of information in Google Maps. Victoria is the last state in Australia to release transit information to app developers.
The General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) format Google uses to provide information on how to use public transport to get around cities around the world has finally been adopted by the PTV and means Melbournians will be able to plan their journey from one part of the city to the other on Google Maps, unlike now, where the choices are limited to only driving, cycling or walking
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the news via Reddit yesterday, comparing a journey in Melbourne to a journey in Sydney on Google Maps. No information on public transport was provided when he requested a journey from Queen Victoria Market to the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, whereas a series of option was available on a course from central Sydney to Bondi Beach.
“Soon you’ll be able to find your way on the apps and websites you use everyday,” he said.
Public Transport Users Association spokesman Daniel Bowen said that the release of timetable data was long overdue.
“The public fund the entire network and we should have access to this information so that Google and others can use it to make life easier for passengers,” he said.
Victorians should rejoice the fact that they can finally use the universal app to navigate their home state.