Updated March 1 at 10:00 am: Data for the Queen route for the months of October and November covering the period of split operation are now available for viewing.
George Bell has put together an application that displays the TTC’s vehicle monitoring data as an animation. The effect is something like NextBus, but for historical data. You can watch streetcars bunch now from the comfort of your own computer.
He is using the same source data from the TTC as I used for my analyses. At this point, only St. Clair for January is available.
A few notes from George:
I’ve put together the beginnings of a bing maps viewer for the data. Love for feedback from the community.
Just a word to people before clicking on the link – the data files for each day are about a meg or two each. Silverlight is required, and if you don’t have it a link will be shown so you can get it.
Please leave general comments in this thread, and send bug notes, requests for fixes, etc. to George using the link provided on his site.
When you view a day’s data, be sure to zoom in so that the route fills your screen and you watch things unfold in full detail. January 8th, a date already mentioned in my analytic article, gives a visual feel for the complete chaos of the line’s behaviour.
There is part of me that SCREAMS out that the TTC should make this data and the presentation format available for every route, every day. Anyone who wants to know how a route behaved would only need to pull up its animated version.
Real time would be even nicer. I can imagine a route supervisor (or an interested member of the public) sitting with an iPad to keep track of the service.