Uber has integrated public transport options into their app and Sydney is the first city in the Asia Pacific region to get the new functionality! From July 29, Uber app users have been shown public transport options that align with their trip including real-time bus, train, ferry and light rail departure and arrival times. Sydney is the fourth city in the world to get the mass transit option after Denver, Boston and London in what is an exciting collaboration between the ride sharing company and Transport for NSW.
By Michael Stokoe, Associate Director - Freight and Servicing, Transport for NSW
Since January 2016 there has been a Courier Hub operating out of Goulburn Street Car Park. This is a joint project between Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and City of Sydney.
The Open Data and Innovation Team is always seeking to release more data and one of our main objectives is to follow the policy for open data and publish data where possible. However, if you’re still on the hunt for something that you need or researching then you can make a request and we’ll do our best to track down and prioritise the release of the data. You may request data via one of the methods below.
2018 was massive for the Open Data and Innovation Team. We had an incredibly busy year organising innovation challenges and other open data initiatives while keeping our real-time data running and releasing many new datasets and resources. In 2018 we ran five innovation challenges, one hackathon (our very first) and published more than forty-five new datasets. We also endorsed four new apps that were successfully incubated and launched as part of our innovation challenges.
The Trip Planner API has multiple endpoints that offer different capabilities and simplifies a lot of the functions that are popular in public transport apps. This makes developing your application much easier and faster. One of the most popular function requests and questions that we receive is about the departure board. Now, thanks to the Trip Planner API, building your own departure board is relatively easy, providing you are familiar with some PHP and basic HTML and CSS styling.
The Open Data Team was at the Sydney Boat Show in July to help launch the apps Boatable and Deckee following their incubation and endorsement from the Boating Companion Innovation Challenge. The Sydney Boat Show was the perfect occasion to officially launch the apps to market and to signify the completion of another successful innovation challenge. Some members of the Open Data and Innovation Team were there to help out at the Boatable and Deckee booths and to showcase the possibilities and opportunities that come from using open data.
Transport for NSW endorses products that are of high quality, innovative and solve customer problems using transport open data and innovative ways of using technology. What do you actually gain from being endorsed by Transport for NSW though?
Our portal is where we provide all the data and APIs you need to create the next awesome public transport application! As a blanket rule, we do not offer programming guidance and assistance as our focus is on finding as much data as possible and publishing it on the Open Data Hub, thus, we leave the coding up to you. However, we do get asked a lot on how to use our data to develop applications.