Dutch make timetables a touch more accessible

Hamer, Mick
September 1991
New Scientist;9/21/91, Vol. 131 Issue 1787, p27
The article reports that the Netherlands is setting up a computerized journey planner for users of public transportation. The most visible part of the system is the "Infodesk" at Den Bosch station, which began operation earlier this year. Passengers press a touch-sensitive map to indicate where they want to go. The computer then produces a printout of the most suitable route, complete with train and bus times. Details of the pilot project were given at a transport research seminar at the University of Sussex last week. The system uses a computerized database of all the country's public transport timetables, and was compiled with the help of Dutch railways, local bus and tram operators and KLM, the Netherlands' state airline.


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