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Wanted: TTC Stop Timetable

On 01, Feb 2007 | 6 Comments | In TTC, User Experience | By Ryan Feeley

KVV cropped I have been amazed at how lost and helpless I feel when I’m at a bus or streetcar stop in Toronto. One gets pretty spoiled in other cities where transit stops have, oh I don’ t know, information about when transit stops there?

I point to Cologne (don’t pull something pronouncing Köln) and their excellent KVV transit system. Every stop, even bus stops, have timetables for that stop posted.

Download the Linie (Line) 1 PDF from their list of timetables. Scroll quickly between the pages to see the list of upcoming stops at the bottom shrink.

I decided to look at Toronto’s most popular streetcar line and make a timetable for the stop at Bathurst Street. I scraped the times from the preformatted text on their website.

Attached is a first crack at a 501 Queen Eastbound at Bathurst Timetable (HTML).

Just HTML and CSS. A PDF generated from a decent layout program will hopefully come from this weekend Toronto Transit Camp.

For the CSS geeks, I have added classes for the Humber and Long Branch 501’s, but I can’t say I’m sure I know what that means. Should they have their own sheets?

Comments

  1. This is really cool we should print out a huge one for the Event.

  2. Definitely! I will redo it in a layout program and get a big one done at Kinko’s. No way to do diagonal type with CSS unfortunately. That progress tracker on the Cologne line is amazing.

    Those KVV timetables must have been generated. At least I pray they were. Anyone know what kind of setup would output PDFs like that?

    I like that they were done on run-of-the-mill letter size (well, A4 probably). Any old printer can handle that.

  3. John Grimley

    It’s almost 2 years since the original post here. The TTC has quasi-adopted the format on the timetables on their website but they are far harder to read, for a numer of reasons that that advocated above. Personally, I did not wait; I have prepared my own pocket timeatbles for the bus stops that I use and carry it around in my wallet. It’s very handy. I used MS-Excel to create it.

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