When will the next bus come?
Departing.io - A web app for real time bus ACTION bus arrivals in Canberra, Australia.
Try it on your smartphone!
While the software for planning trips is well established (such as Google Maps) I found it was still a chore to find when the next bus would arrive. The LED screens at major bus stations are helpful but they may only show 5 buses at a time - which may not include the one you are looking for. I created Designless.io for the sole purpose of finding when the next bus on a route will depart from a given stop.
The use case
- Open the web app from the home screen of your smartphone
- Type the first few letters of the bus stop you are at and select from the menu
- If there is more than one route departing select the desired bus route
- See how many minutes and seconds until the bus arrives in real time
To run an instance of the web app you will need to apply for an ACTION NXTBUS API key. You will receive the key in an email along with some documentation. To keep your key private the app receives the key as the environment variable NXTBUS_API_KEY (described in the Running App section)
This web app uses:
- Python Tornado as a non-blocking web server
- Heroku for hosting
- npm for managing Gulp dependencies and installing bower (
- Bower for managing front end dependencies (
On Mac OSX, first install Homebrew:
ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
brew install -g node
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nodejs
Install Pip (Python package manager)
sudo python get-pip.py
git clone https://github.com/jakecoppinger/departing.io.git
Install Node dependencies
Install Bower dependencies
bower install(you must do this after installing Node dependencies as that will install Bower)
sudo pip install -r requirements.txt
Export ACTION NXTBUS API key
Where APIKEY is your key:
You can add this line to your
~/.bashrc file to skip this step in future.
python main.py --host=HOST
Where HOST is IP address or domain. For testing on local machine, use
localhost, for testing on local network (including smartphones) use local IP address (
I developed this web app through year 12 as part of my media studies, and later released it as open source under the GPL license. If you have any comments or suggestions please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
See more of my work at jakecoppinger.com
Departing.io, a web app to answer the question of "When will the next bus come?" Copyright (C) 2016 Jake Coppinger
This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.