I was browsing the other day when I came across an interesting post – someone had written a bus times application for Manchester.
As a Mancunian who chooses not to own a car, making buses easy to use is something I’m quite interested in – finding a list of the times a bus arrives at particular stop involves downloading a PDF from the TFGM Bus Times Leaflet Library and then interpreting that PDF to work out what it’s actually trying to tell you – certainly not a pinnacle of web 2.0 user experience!
The Manchester Bus Times application makes it all very simple:
- You enter a bus number
- You choose a stop
- It gives you a list of times
- You catch your bus.
I got in touch with the developer, to see if there was anything we could do to help, to find that Stockport-based GCSE student, Kieran Mather had developed it just to “solve a problem [he] had getting to school. “
Supporting the next generation of coders and techies is something I have strong feelings about, whilst improving the accessibility of public services through civic-minded coding is a very honourable thing and so it’s great that we can combine the two and sponsor Kieran some hosting on BigV – to see how he can develop it further.