Public Transport - best route planning

Libby Miller, 2003-01-30

This is a short summary of a project idea in its very early stages.

Aim: to get information to travellers about all forms of transport in a particular area in a format they can use and enable them to accurately plan their journeys; and to feed back travellers' required routes to policy makers.


I'm at Bristol Temple Meads train station, trying to get to Redland


I'm at Redland trying to get to Bristol Temple Meads

High-level description of the project

Create a map of available bus and train routes in the Bristol area, and represent the routes, timetables, connections, and real-time schedule information in such a way that

people new to the area and from within an area can find the best route and means of travel to their destination given their application requirements (e.g. web, mobile phone, informaton kiosk) or accessibility requirements (e.g. voice)

Current technologies

The codepiction paths experiment and algorithm is our starting point. This is a '6 degrees of separation'-inspired application that precomputes a list of people based on connections between them represented by photos. [prev work] The algorithm finds connections between node (people) using connections (images containing more than one person). An analogous system could be constructed using nodes (bus stops, train stations) and connections (bus routes, train routes, physically close nodes). The loccation information together with schedulng information would be sufficient to compute the fastest routes from one node to another. This could be extended by adding more generic location information - GPS cordinates, locale names, road names.

(some) Previous work (in no particular order)

William loughborough

the Oracle of Bacon

FOAF Codepiction


London's tube planning site

foaf Geographical work: