Since the start of this year, BC Transit has been rolling out a new NextRide program in transit systems across BC. We've been working hard to integrate the new API with BCTracker, which hasn't been easy as some of the data is quite different compared to existing systems. However, we are very pleased to announce that the first new realtime systems are active on BCTracker as of today!
To start with, we're launching Cowichan Valley, Port Alberni, Campbell River, Powell River, and Sunshine Coast as brand-new realtime systems. The Central Fraser Valley and Chilliwack systems have also been combined into a new Fraser Valley system with realtime information. And on top of all that, we're introducing the North Okanagan and South Okanagan regional systems with schedule-only data. Expect more updates in the next few months as additional systems become available!
Please keep in mind that BC Transit is still testing some components of the new NextRide API, so you may occasionally see buses with incorrect GPS positions or logged into the wrong trip. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the NextRide rollout and to see what systems will be receiving it next, visit BC Transit's NextRide FAQ.
Of course, new realtime systems isn't the only exciting thing we've been working on for the past few months. Since we posted the last update, here's some of the other changes we've made:
We hope you enjoy the new systems and improvements, and have a great summer!
Hey everyone, it's once again time for a quick(ish) update!
First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who has participated in our survey so far! Your feedback has been very helpful in planning upcoming additions to the site, and we're glad to know how helpful BCTracker has been for you. If you haven't had a chance to respond yet, you can still get to it from the link in the previous post.
We've gotten a lot done over the last few months, some of which you may have already noticed, while other things have only just recently been added. Many of the newest features are among the most highly-requested in the survey responses, so we hope you enjoy them! Here's an overview of what's new:
Finally, we've updated our About page with some FAQs, based on some of the survey results we got back. We hope the answers are enlightening!
As always, stay safe and have a Happy New Year!
We're running a quick survey over the next few weeks to get a better sense of who is using BCTracker, and for what purpose. This information will help us understand what new features should have the highest priority, as well as what improvements can be made to existing features. It's also a great opportunity for you to give us general feedback about things you like and things you think could be better.
If you have a couple spare minutes, we would very much appreciate hearing from you. Thanks for supporting BCTracker!
Over the last couple months you may have noticed some exciting new features appearing around the website. We're trying to keep updates more frequent, rather than releasing massive changes once or twice per year.
Since the big multi-system update earlier this summer, we've introduced:
We appreciate your feedback, and we're looking forward to turning more of your suggestions into new features and improvements. Stay tuned for more this fall!
You asked for it, and we listened! That's right, BCTracker now supports multiple transit systems across British Columbia.
We're starting with 10 cities and regions from around the province, and we plan to add more in the future. These initial systems include all seven currently enabled with realtime information, as well as three that only provide schedule data. You can easily swap between these systems at any time using the dropdown at the top right corner of your screen.
In addition to all the new transit systems, we've also made a bunch of improvements to the general website design. System-wide realtime maps, route maps and information panels, improved desktop layouts, and many more useful features are now available!
There's always more to do, and your feedback helps us figure out what comes next. You can send an email to email@example.com to let us know what you like and what can be made better.
Have a great summer!
BCTracker has been updated to support the latest deckers, which have just entered service.
Stay safe everyone!
BCTracker has a new look! We've been working hard to get this updated design ready, and there's a lot of new things for you to enjoy - including full mobile support, improved realtime navigation, maps, and much more.
We've also moved the website to a new address at bctracker.ca. The old URL will continue to be usable for a while, but if you've bookmarked any pages you'll want to make sure they're updated.
Over the next few weeks we'll be making more changes to the systems that make the website work behind the scenes. You (hopefully) won't notice any differences, but it will allow us to add lots more new and exciting stuff in the future. We're always looking for ways to improve the website even more, and your feedback is always welcome. Send us an email anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org