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Website for bus times? (UK)

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I know there are plenty of websites that do this, and the TFL (Transport For London) has it's own service. I wanted to known, how would it be done? Do I have to connect to their API and database to achieve this? 

 

 

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21 minutes ago, Abdul201588 said:

I know there are plenty of websites that do this, and the TFL (Transport For London) has it's own service. I wanted to known, how would it be done? Do I have to connect to their API and database to achieve this? 

 

 

Are you trying to make a website to combine everything? I think Google's way ahead of you since they combine all the data from the companies apis.

I edit my posts a lot.

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Yes, to get live data you need to sign up to TFL's API which is accessible as a range of XML feeds. Static and semi-static information, like the location of bus stops or the published timetables for a given route can usually be grabbed on a daily basis, and you can then use the data to compare with a given map point for finding the nearest stop. This comparison would happen on your server. 

 

Once you know the nearest stop, you can request a live arrivals feed for that stop up to every 30 seconds, though every 1-2 minutes is recommended.

 

The overall process is a bit more complicated than this, but I hope it serves as a basic primer to get you in the right frame of mind. You can check out more info here: https://api.tfl.gov.uk/

Please ignore my typos... I type too fast. Or Swype too fast on my tablet. One of those. 

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