A write-up of this project as submitted to The Economist's Innocentive challenge is available here and explain things well with more details. This project has now been expanded to all routes and stops in West Yorkshire by parsing the *.cif data,  nice pictures here and here but this project is not yet publicly available.
Location Simulator. Place the red circle to simulate being in a different place in Leeds and explore the sections of the Mobile Device Simulator.
Whatever feedback you've got you can find my contact details at www.tomforth.co.uk and I'd love to hear from you.
The raw data used to draw these maps is here.
The raw data is created using an Excel spreadsheet you can get here. Please be kind on my bandwidth though, the spreadsheet is 8MB! It's messy too, and has some macros. Start with the "simplified" worksheet.
The map is drawn using the incredible Raphael javascript library, go to www.raphaeljs.com and check it out.
Everything was put together quickly using jqueryUI from www.jqueryui.com and is broken, inefficient and nasty-looking. Sometimes it's better to get things done than gets things perfect.
Almost everything's done in your browser by the scripts on this page, so you're using the source code right now. The live bus timetables are fetched and parsed a bit by this php script because cross-site scripting is blocked by sensible browsers.

Stops nearby

Times for nearby stops

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Who, how, why?

I'm interested in public transport in cities, especially in Leeds where I live. From excellent resources like LSE cities and their podcasts I've learned that cities thrive when people can meet easily and share ideas and that the best way to achieve that is through high density housing connected by good public transport; we've known this for decades. It's no surprise that the cities with the best public transport in Europe are also the wealthiest and most innovative. Similarly, it's no surprise that UK cities without good public transport - all of them outside of London - are significantly poorer than their equivalents in similar countries.

There are lots of reasons why public transport is poor and getting worse in Leeds but the one I can most easily address is a lack of information. Bus stops in Leeds don't tell you where the buses you could catch go and few tell you when buses are due but we don't just have to complain about this. Thanks to the UK government's push towards open data we can fix it; this is my first attempt. It's far from perfect but I hope it gives an idea of what's possible.

I've been working on a lot of these ideas for a long time but it was The Economist's Innocentive challenge that gave me the push to make this happen and present it nicely. If what I have done is of some interest to you please contact me and I will try to move from this very rough prototype to a full system. I've figured out what most of the big problems are and solved most of them so it shouldn't take long to build something really good.