Transit + Local Search Mashup

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Brian Ferris

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Feb 19, 2009, 1:00:30 PM2/19/09
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Similar in spirit to Brandon's post about Transitshed last week, I want to share some tools I've been working on:

http://beta.onebusaway.org:9090/explore/onebusaway/

It's a transit + local search mashup that let's you answer questions like "What are all the mexican restaurants less than 20 minutes away by bus from my house?"  Think of it as Transitshed + Yelp.  Right now, data is for King County Metro in Seattle, WA, but if you have GTFS + OSM, will travel.

Since I'm a Seattleite and all, the default demo query is, of course, what coffee shops can I get to by bus?

http://beta.onebusaway.org:9090/explore/onebusaway/#q(coffee)loc(5545%2036th%20ave%20ne)t(1235065020000)transfers(1)duration(20)walk(2640)_(0)

If for some reason the server crashes (or more likely when), you can see screen shots of what's going on here:

http://flickr.com/photos/onebusaway/3292582323/
http://flickr.com/photos/onebusaway/3293405834/
http://flickr.com/photos/onebusaway/3292584467/

Finally, source code is all at:

http://code.google.com/p/onebusaway/

I appreciate any and all feedback.

Thanks,
Brian

Brandon Martin-Anderson

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Feb 19, 2009, 1:11:04 PM2/19/09
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I can't wait to show this off at FrontSeat - ever since creating my
transitshed thingie I've been thinking of how to mash it up with Yelp.
I noticed browsing through the source repository you have a metrokc to
GTFS converter - I'm just beginning work on one. Mind if I steal
liberally?

-B

Brian Ferris

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Feb 19, 2009, 1:24:09 PM2/19/09
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Ironically, I was supposed to be meeting with Matt Lerner at Front Seat about 20 minutes ago to talk about this stuff, but we had to reschedule for next week.  So transit-developers got an email instead ; )

As for metrokc2gtfs, of course, use the source!  That's why it's there.  That said, it's a pretty complex process which I haven't really documented yet.  Are you already getting MetroKC database dumps?  Did you fill out a waiver?  If so, I can also just give you the completed GTFS.

Brian
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