Timetables of major government operated (or commissioned) national-level public transport services (specifically bus and train). The focus here is on national level services (not those which operate only at a municipal or city level and which are not controlled or regulated by the national government). A 'yes' in any question will refer to both types of transport. However, if there is no national level service operated or regulated by the government for a given type of transport (for instance busses), then this type is ignored in this data category. Data submitted in this category should meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Time of operating
  • Time of leaving first station and arriving to the last station
  • Updated at least once a year

Data Location

http://www.sofiatraffic.bg/bg/transport/virtual-tables

Comments

The data is mostly available for the capital Sofia. It's not in an open format, but there is a way to interface with the transportation company's website and is being actively used by several website offering route information and timetables. There are similar websites in other cities, but they mostly rely on static manually entered information on timetables and routes. There is a (mostly) crowdsourced) website allowing search of inter-city busses, but they don't offer data export. The state train company offers search for train routes, but also no export. The data could be scraped in some cases, but in others session information causes great difficulties. Whichever the website considered, the data is systematically the property of the institution that operates the website. It is unclear how other websites access this information but on the original websites, it is impossible to download the data in bulk and it is copyrighted by the respective institution.

Reviewer comments

Submission accepted with several amendments reflecting the current situation. Comments are aimed to give the needed nuance.

Data Availability

  • N Openly licensed
  • N Is the data available for free
  • N Is the data machine readable
  • N Available in bulk
  • N Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis
  • Y Is data in digital form
  • Y Publicly available
  • Y Does the data exist
  • Y Is the data available online
Key:
  • Yes
  • No
  • Unsure
  • No data

Details

Date the data became available   Unknown
Format of data   HTML
Reviewer   Rayna St
Submitters   Boyan Yurukov
Last modified   Wed Oct 29 2014 16:45:50 GMT+0000 (UTC)