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How London Keeps You on Schedule

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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
11/30/2012 9:11:19 PM
User Rank City Slicker
I will not forget my ipad
I love the ability to access transportation information in my hand. It allows one to linger at a tourist spot and really know when the last mode of public transportation will come.   I will not forget my ipad when I visit London.

Michael Joseph
Michael Joseph  
11/29/2012 2:29:18 PM
User Rank Blogger
Schedules and Travels
Yes, this sure is a sweet spot for any city to invest money in and I like the idea that the centuries-old idea of the Omnibus is still going and looking better than ever as the new line of London models hits the road with an old-time look brought right up to date. Now how about WiFi in those tube stations.......?

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/29/2012 9:57:47 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: It's true
Don't get me started, Simon. Airlines also are fond of canceling flights lately at a moment's notice.

Simon Hersom
Simon Hersom  
11/29/2012 4:38:30 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: It's true
Ah, Mary, the airlines.  Those miracles of advanced technology which enable you to be 500 miles from home on a Friday afternoon looking forward to a lazy weekend with the family.  But run by companies who don't feel any need to tell you that not only is your plane not being fuelled and resupplied with dodgy peanuts downstairs but it has "gone technical" two hours flight time away.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/28/2012 4:46:12 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: It's true
Bus maps are horrible. And they're largely works of fiction. Having taken the bus to NYC for many years, I can attest to the general unpleasantness of the experience and the lack of control passengers feel as a rule. These kinds of apps could be a big change for the better.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/28/2012 4:44:41 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: It's true
I'm envious, Simon! Unlike Nicole, I have not yet availed myself of NYC's train apps. But I do take trains into and out of NYC, and it would be wonderful to be able to have this kind of visibility into train location. It would give me such a sense of control over the journey.

I'd love to see this added for plane travel into and out of cities as well.

Lesthertod
Lesthertod  
11/28/2012 1:51:08 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Back-end Dataflow
It's definitely an amazing platform, and no doubt that punctuality is something to keep in mind while being in London. The statement of having everything working and keeping it available to everyone on a single API is quite something, the back-end work should be pretty amazing. And the infraestructure applied to the project should be really impressing as well. I wonder if there's a british stormtrooper hidden somewhere in there.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/27/2012 6:49:37 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: It's true
This is great to see, and it's great to have the "on the ground" perspective of you both. I can't complain about the transit apps we have in NYC -- there's pretty much an app for everything I could possibly need (however, the mere availability of these apps has ensured that I now need them more than ever and am less capable of getting around without them). But the tech you Londoners have outside your bus stations is something to envy. We are finally seeing digital signage at subway stations. But the bus maps are the same old, barely legible strips of paper that they've been my whole life. I'd love to see improvements to our bus terminals. I will often forego the bus because I can't trust that it'll really come "on time" according to the sheet of paper.

Simon Hersom
Simon Hersom  
11/27/2012 2:21:44 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
It's true
This stuff all works and there's been a rush of apps.  Suddenly the "is it worth waiting" question is answered with no effort, though the London Underground minute is of uncertain length.  

This wealth of data also covers the suburban and mainline train networks.  From my iPhone I can see not only when my train is due, but its departure time at each preceeding stop.  If there's a problem I now have real time information on what's happening, often more than the platform displays can show.

 

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