Originally posted at https://tech.labs.oliverwyman.com/blog/2016/07/14/dawn-mobile-bus-stops-display/
When I’m out and about, I find myself repeatedly wanting to know when a bus will stop near where I am. This generally involves a phone as the TfL Countdown displays are a bit thin on the ground. Despite the advent of such things as Citymapper, I’ve still been a fan of the Countdown mobile website, so of course TfL are shutting it down… On the other hand, they have folded all the features of that site into their main site, but that’s a pain to navigate, especially on a “not really 4G” mobile connection. Luckily, they’ve done a bunch of improvements to their APIs so they’re now actually usable (and despite their claims, you don’t need an API key for most of it), so I can build a replacement.
This does all mean it looks pretty minimalist, but it is very, very fast. In theory it should even work on feature phones (although I haven’t got one to test with). Heck, it works on Lynx, it should be good with most things! Source code is as always, available.