Real-Time Map of NJTransit Trains

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Real-Time Map of NJTransit Trains

Post by lirr42 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:38 pm

Hiden in the top, right hand corner of most DepartureVision screens is a tiny little link that says "click here to see trains on map"

When you do click there it brings you to a page with this cool map that shows the real-time (or near real-time) location of all NJT trains. Clicking on the train icon brings up information about stops and such.

You can check it out right here.

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Re: Real-Time Map of NJTransit Trains

Post by CentralValleyRail » Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:00 pm

Wow this is great! Nice catch!

Any idea of how long this has been up?

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Post by Amtrak7 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:36 pm

Less than a few days, since I checked DV on Fri/Sat and it wasn't there.

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Re: Real-Time Map of NJTransit Trains

Post by BigDell » Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:33 am

I don't know why but for some reason I think that is VERY cool... It's not really practical, it doesn't really mean anything in a real sense, but it is VERY cool. Now if they could just expand the idea with NS and CSX, I could monitor when the freights are coming near Potters out in Edison so I could set up and shoot. I love this.

As a person who runs technology for a financial firm, this totally tickles me. The developers probably had a great time building this...

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Re: Real-Time Map of NJTransit Trains

Post by CentralValleyRail » Tue Nov 12, 2013 3:05 pm

What's interesting is under a station page the link to click is no longer available.

Is anyone else seeing this now?

Still works from the links here.

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Re: Real-Time Map of NJTransit Trains

Post by lirr42 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 3:49 pm

Clicking on the stations doesn't do anything for me either.

Also, the link is no longer visible on the DepartureVision screens, unless I'm missing something.

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Re: Real-Time Map of NJTransit Trains

Post by pumpers » Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:53 pm

How cool is that! Or should I say "was that"? I probably would rather see that screen than the departure vision
I sure hope they don't hide it permanently.

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Post by lirr42 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:11 pm

pumpers wrote:How cool is that! Or should I say "was that"? I probably would rather see that screen than the departure vision
I sure hope they don't hide it permanently.

The link I provided in my first post still works, as of now. Just bookmark that and you'll be all set.

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Re: Real-Time Map of NJTransit Trains

Post by JoeG » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:21 pm

Didn't work for me. What browser are you using?

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Post by nomis » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:25 pm

lirr42 wrote:
pumpers wrote:How cool is that! Or should I say "was that"? I probably would rather see that screen than the departure vision
I sure hope they don't hide it permanently.

The link I provided in my first post still works, as of now. Just bookmark that and you'll be all set.

it's still in the html code of the DV presented site
<div id="google_ad_div1"></div></td><td><a target="_black" href="http://198.177.3.211/default.aspx?Lat=&Long="><!--<img src="googlemapsv2.png" border="0" alt="click here to see trains on map">--></a></td></tr></table><div style="width:100%;">
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Re: Real-Time Map of NJTransit Trains

Post by 25Hz » Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:32 am

SEPTA's brand new app has a real time tracking feature.... Clearly the website could support it if it's something available via the app. Would be cool if NJT did the same (app included).
Next stop the square, journal square station next!

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Re: Real-Time Map of NJTransit Trains

Post by 25Hz » Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:36 am

Wow, look, it even shows trains coming across the river from morrisvile yard!

http://prntscr.com/23voqj
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Re: Real-Time Map of NJTransit Trains

Post by BigDell » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:22 pm

I had fun "train watching" with the site this morning.... It's SO silly to track the little icons but I really like this page. Interesting to note that it doesn't have a DNS alias. In other words it's not "NJT_RT.net". It goes only by it's actual IP address, 198.177.3.211 pointing to an asp.net form. I wonder if they considered the site ready for primetime or if they are still developing it? Even the title is rather "dev" (as we'd say in application development):
<head id="Head1"><title>
Google Map with customized icons
</title>

That's not a title they'd give to a "finished", production ready page.... I'm almost guessing this is a dev page they inadvertantly (or maybe on purpose) "leaked"...

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Re: Real-Time Map of NJTransit Trains

Post by 25Hz » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:32 pm

BigDell wrote:I had fun "train watching" with the site this morning.... It's SO silly to track the little icons but I really like this page. Interesting to note that it doesn't have a DNS alias. In other words it's not "NJT_RT.net". It goes only by it's actual IP address, 198.177.3.211 pointing to an asp.net form. I wonder if they considered the site ready for primetime or if they are still developing it? Even the title is rather "dev" (as we'd say in application development):
<head id="Head1"><title>
Google Map with customized icons
</title>

That's not a title they'd give to a "finished", production ready page.... I'm almost guessing this is a dev page they inadvertantly (or maybe on purpose) "leaked"...


All i know, is that this service, once fully matured, could tie into numerous other services, including mobile app trip planners, both for individual transit networks, and multiple leg trips, such as one i might make from my town to say a museum in nyc or the beach at belmar... :)
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Re: Real-Time Map of NJTransit Trains

Post by lirr42 » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:44 pm

JoeG wrote:Didn't work for me. What browser are you using?

If you can't see it at that url, I embeded it in a page on my site here: (it still takes a few seconds to load, but when it does you can move and adjust the map as usual): http://www.thelirrtoday.com/p/njtransit ... e-map.html

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