Today is exactly one year since we started tracking buses in places other than Victoria. We're celebrating by keeping the trend going - even more systems are now available!
Starting today, you'll find East Kootenay, Creston Valley, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Kitimat, and Prince Rupert in the systems list. You may have also noticed the addition of West Kootenay as well as realtime information in North Okanagan, South Okanagan, and Prince George since the last update post. That brings us now to a total of 23 supported systems, which is an amazing number considering that until a year ago there was only one single system!
This will likely be the last batch of new systems for a while, as BC Transit has completed the NextRide rollout in all the systems originally announced in January. However, if more systems are ever introduced, rest assured that we'll work hard to get them added as well!
Since the start of this year, BC Transit has been rolling out a new NextRide program in transit systems across BC. We've been working hard to integrate the new API with BCTracker, which hasn't been easy as some of the data is quite different compared to existing systems. However, we are very pleased to announce that the first new realtime systems are active on BCTracker as of today!
To start with, we're launching Cowichan Valley, Port Alberni, Campbell River, Powell River, and Sunshine Coast as brand-new realtime systems. The Central Fraser Valley and Chilliwack systems have also been combined into a new Fraser Valley system with realtime information. And on top of all that, we're introducing the North Okanagan and South Okanagan regional systems with schedule-only data. Expect more updates in the next few months as additional systems become available!
Please keep in mind that BC Transit is still testing some components of the new NextRide API, so you may occasionally see buses with incorrect GPS positions or logged into the wrong trip. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the NextRide rollout and to see what systems will be receiving it next, visit BC Transit's NextRide FAQ.
Of course, new realtime systems isn't the only exciting thing we've been working on for the past few months. Since we posted the last update, here's some of the other changes we've made:
We hope you enjoy the new systems and improvements, and have a great summer!