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Jake Coppinger / is a web application designed to answer one question, and answer it well:

“when will the next bus come?” - A web app for real time bus ACTION bus arrivals in Canberra, Australia. I developed this web app through year 12 as part of my media studies, and later released it as open source under the GPL license.

Try it on your smartphone at!


While the software for planning trips is well established (such as Google Maps) I found it was still a chore to find when the next bus would arrive. The LED screens at major bus stations are helpful but they may only show 5 buses at a time - which may not include the one you are looking for. I created for the sole purpose of finding when the next bus on a route will depart from a given stop.

The use case

  1. Open the web app from the home screen of your smartphone
  2. Type the first few letters of the bus stop you are at and select from the menu
  3. If there is more than one route departing select the desired bus route
  4. See how many minutes and seconds until the bus arrives in real time

Technical details

To run an instance of the web app you will need to apply for an ACTION NXTBUS API key. You will receive the key in an email along with some documentation. To keep your key private the app receives the key as the environment variable NXTBUS_API_KEY (described in the Running App section)

This web app uses:

Development prerequisites

On Mac OSX, first install Homebrew:
ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

Install Node


brew update

brew install -g node


sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install nodejs

Install Pip (Python package manager)

As per


sudo python

Installing dependencies

  1. Clone repository
    git clone

  2. Install Node dependencies
    npm install

  3. Install Bower dependencies
    bower install
    (you must do this after installing Node dependencies as that will install Bower)

  4. Python dependencies
    sudo pip install -r requirements.txt

Running app


Where APIKEY is your key:


You can add this line to your ~/.bashrc file to skip this step in future.

Lint JavaScript and build SCSS files


Start server

python --host=HOST

Where HOST is IP address or domain. For testing on local machine, use localhost, for testing on local network (including smartphones) use local IP address (ifconfig)