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10 July 2014

Galway Bus RTPI API

The rtpi.ie website has access to real-time data for the Galway Bus √Čireann transit system. Unfortunately, this data is not officially accessible to developers, and is in a weird, proprietary, JSON-ish format. The aim of this project is to provide a simple API to access this data, returning it in a valid JSON format. It was also a good excuse to finally learn how to use node.js :)

A couple of notes/caveats:

Live demo available at https://galwaybus.herokuapp.com

Source code available on Github. Please feel free to send pull requests!

Usage -----

Routes

Lists all the available bus routes in the Galway transit system. This list is hard-coded and would need to be updated manually, should the routes ever change.

Returns a list of stops on a given route. Use the timetable_id retrieved from the routes.json API. In the reponse, the stops key will contain all stops, separated into two arrays — the separate arrays represent the opposite directions taken by the bus on the route.

Stops

Lists all the available bus stops in the Galway transit system.

Returns a list of departure times for a given bus stop. Use the stop_ref retrieved from the stops.json API.

Schedules

Lists all the available bus routes in the Galway transit system, including links to their PDF timetables on the Bus √Čireann website. This list is hard-coded and would need to be updated manually, should the routes ever change.


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