The new system aims to provide a single source of truth for public transport and travel information in Scotland. It’s important that this information is provided as open data, free for anyone to use.
Making the data freely available gives transport operators and other journey planners the ability to use it in their own travel tools, giving confidence that the information they provide is to the highest standard. We intend to host this data, and make it universally available, so that transport operators and third-party planners such as Google and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) providers can use it to further enhance the experience for their customers too.
Travel is essential for access to work, education, health, and leisure opportunities. We want to break down the barriers to accessing public transport by making more data and information available to everyone. We want to help people plan journeys that suit their needs, whether focused on costs, time, carbon emissions, or accessibility requirements. Improvements to the Traveline Scotland website and app, and other journey planning tools, will make it easer for users to make better, more informed travel choices.
By providing better information about sustainable public transport options and active travel routes, we hope to give people confidence that they can complete their journey without the need of a car, and in return gain the health benefits of being more active, and improvement in air quality.
The project also supports the ongoing delivery of fully integrated, smart ticketing and payment services across all public transport, and will help deliver our vision to use data and technology to improve information about public transport and active travel options, providing more convenient and user-friendly access to digital journey information.