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Saturday, December 31, 2005


C. Hindgaul sent me an update for the Copenhagen (Denmark) database, including changes on the S-Train service and some places of interest (opening hours and entry fees).


M. Freitag notified me of some changes on the München/Munich (Germany) U-Bahn & S-Bahn networks.

Friday, December 30, 2005


A. Gonçalves reported a change on the Fertagus line in Lisboa/Lisbon (Portugal).


Two new subway lines have opened and another one has been extended in Guangzhou (China). I updated all our databases (in roman alphabet, simplified chinese and traditional chinese). I have also added (simple) operating times and adjusted the trip times.


A new subway line has opened in Delhi (India).

Wednesday, December 28, 2005


With a big help from G. Dubois (again!), I added operating times on the Nantes (France) network, which is now almost complete.


It looks like the works on line 8 in Nürnberg/Nuremberg (Germany) ended. There is also a minor change planned on the bus service (lines 54/59).


After N. Knapp reported errors on the operating times of some lines in Berlin (Germany), I also integrated some changes on the S-Bahn network.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Weiden in der Oberpfalz

T. Schaller has sent me a complete file for the bus network in Weiden (Germany).


G. Dubois has entirely checked the Nantes (France) information and tried to remove all the undue connections.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Paris "Grande Nuit"

There is a special service in Paris (France) for the new year's night (and it is free from Dec 31st 5PM to Jan 1st noon). I have prepared a "Paris Grande Nuit" file for MetrO covering the subway, bus and RER services.

Sunday, December 25, 2005


While testing the "Google Maps" feature on i-Métro, E.P. Scott stumbled upon a major bug in the station name lookup handling and I found another one by myself. They are now fixed.

On his suggestion, I also added the ability to display a map on each intermediate stop instead of only on the start and end stops of a route. Look for the "map pin" icon!

Friday, December 23, 2005


E. P. Scott sent an update for Sacramento (USA), including more details for one bus route, one additional line and geographic coordinates for some stops.

With this latter addition, I "activated" the Google Maps feature on i-Metro.

Thursday, December 22, 2005


W. Scheele sent an update for the ferry lines in Hamburg (Germany).

Paris (works)

Another station reopened yesterday in the Paris (France) subway. Download the updated "temporary" files:

Next update planned on January 7th.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005


A new station has opened on the subway line 1 in Milano (Italy).


A (long overdue) update to the transport network of Bratislava (Slovakia) has been made possible through the efforts of M. Trnka.


M. Dulerm fixed a few (minor) errors in the bus network for Toulouse (France) and also added more lines.


K. de Bondt sent me a whole lot of updates for most cities in the Netherlands: Amsterdam, Arnhem, Den Haag (The Hague), Rotterdam (adding the bus network to this one) and Utrecht.


M. Pouliquen noticed some typos in the latest additions for Quimper (France).

Monday, December 19, 2005

Comments on the blog (cont'd)

Those f***g spammers (may they all go to hell) are using valid blogspot accounts... Therefore, I have re-enabled comments for everyone but I activated the "text validation" feature.

MetrO 5.3.7

The new release is ready, without much change on the programs (we have less and less time to develop) but still important updates on a number of city networks...

Visit the MetrO web site for details and downloads.

Sunday, December 18, 2005


Keeping an eye on the changes in Fribourg (Switzerland), A. Cotting reported some changes on the bus system in that city.


K. de Bondt made me aware that one line (13) in Arnhem (Netherlands) is operating only in summer: I made a special group to take the fact into account. You may then deactivate this group during the rest of the year.

Additionally, I adjusted the trip times on this line.

Comments on the blog

Because of stupid spammers, I have restricted comments on this blog to registered users only. Sorry for the inconvenience...

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Paris (works)

Station "Jourdain" in the Paris (France) subway has reopened today. Download the updated "temporary" files:

Next update planned on December 20th.

Friday, December 16, 2005


F. Busse suggested an improvement on the connections between 2 subway lines in Berlin (Germany).

He also provided a new bus line but since the program has limitations and would not be able to handle all the existing lines in the city, and not knowing which ones are really important to include, I prefer to delay this addition...

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Paris (bus)

A new bus line ("La Traverse Bièvre Montsouris") is now operating in Paris (France).

Monday, December 12, 2005

Paris (works)

Station "Avron" in the Paris (France) subway has reopened this week-end.

Download the "temporary" files:

Next update planned on December 16th.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Los Angeles

E. Scott provided detailed information for the POIs in Los Angeles (USA).

Newcastle upon Tyne

A new station opened on the Tyne & Wear Metro in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK).

Tuesday, December 06, 2005


I have to go to Dijon (France) tomorrow and although I won't have time for tourism, I added some places of interest in our database. Just in case ;-)

Paris - Night Bus

I added the last lines missing from the Noctilien (e.g. night bus) network in Paris (France).

Monday, December 05, 2005


Works on the green line and at "Savin Hill" on the red line in Boston (USA) are finished and service is back to normal.


Works are progressing on the Light Rail in Baltimore (USA) , included in our "Washington/Baltimore" database. Services are now reaching Timonium and a complete reopening is planned next February. Notice by Hymie!

I also tried to improve the trip times accuracy on these lines.

Sunday, December 04, 2005


L. Freund provided some places of interest for the city of Roma (Italy), along with the tram network and a few bus lines (the most useful for tourists).

I also completely revised the suburban network and tried to adjust the trip times, which should now be accurate within a 1 or 2 minutes margin.


A wrong connection has been spotted in the Madrid (Spain) database, between stations on the subway and rail networks sharing the same name but quite a distance away...

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Paris (works)

According to the RATP schedule on the Paris (France) subway network, the works on line 5 ended last night and station Vavin is opened again.

Download the "temporary" files:

Next update (still) planned on December 11th.


E. Colin sent an update for the Penn ar Bed network in Brest (France) database.


An extension on the DLR network in London (UK) begins operation today. Among other places, it will serve the London City airport.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005


L. Debacker notified me of an extension on one of the tram lines in Bordeaux (France).

Tuesday, November 29, 2005


L. Freund sent a batch of updates for the Braunschweig (Germany) network.

Paris (bus)

M. Cribier noticed an undue connection in our Paris (France) databases including the bus network.


While in Chile (with Santiago, see below), I also added the Metro de Valparaíso, that was missing from our list of cities.


The Santiago (Chile) Metro network is changing with an extension on line 2 last week and the opening of line 4 tomorrow.

Thanks to M. Toledo for notifying me.

Paris (works)

The RATP has changed its planning on works in the Paris (France) subway. More specifically, station "La Tour Maubourg" will not close before next January.

Download the "temporary" files:

Next update (still) planned on December 2nd.

Monday, November 28, 2005

MetrO 5.3.6

Today we released the latest version of MetrO (5.3.6), as well as the special file for Brussels New Year's night service.

See our web site for details and downloads.

Friday, November 25, 2005


L. Freund sent an update for the Hannover (Germany) database, which needed a refresh (it had not been changed for almost 3 years!).

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Paris Bus

V. Lavedan noticed that one of the bus lines in Paris (France) has been recently extended.

Sunday, November 20, 2005


On an indirect suggestion, I added an express line between the Kansai international airport and Kyoto in the Kansai (Japan) database (the file named "Kyoto-Osaka").

Saturday, November 19, 2005


M. Angelico sent some details about the CP suburban lines in Lisboa (Portugal) and it was an opportunity to clean up our database.

Friday, November 18, 2005


R. Ramirez provided yet another set of ("super express") bus lines for the Bogota (Colombia) database.


While I was in Nantes (France) for my job, I have added a few places of interest in our database for this city.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005


For the first time this year and thanks to L. Debacker, we will be able to provide a special version of the Brussels (Belgium) database, containing the new year night service.

The database ("Bruxelles-Reveillon") is now in testing and will soon be delivered as an independent file on our home page.

Buenos Aires

W. Grillo reported an error on the Buenos Aires (Argentina) database, involving a mix-up between the different stops named "Florida".

Monday, November 14, 2005

San Francisco

E. Scott is still improving and enhancing the database for San Francisco (USA). I already consider it to be one of the most accurate we currently have, and with a respectable coverage...


Michel has sent me the bus network and some places of interest for the city of Pau (France).


L. Freund provided 2 ferry lines for Istanbul (Turkey), which at last make the connection between the different parts of the city. He also sent a few (major) places of interest.


T. d'Angelo sent an update for the Padova (Italy) bus network.


L. Freund suggested some improvements on the Hamburg (Germany) database.

Friday, November 11, 2005


A. Ferruzzi reported a minor issue in the Napoli (Italy) database, namely an undue connection between the Metropolitana & Circumvesuviana systems, at Gianturco.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005


One line of the Minsk (Belarus) subway has been extended recently.

Monday, November 07, 2005


S. Visser sent me the information for the (small) bus network in Gouda (Netherlands).

Sacramento, CA

E. Scott provided some places of interest for the Sacramento (USA) database.

Sunday, November 06, 2005


L. Freund provided operating times for all the lines in Stockholm (Sweden) and added 3 bus lines that are especially interesting for tourists (and reaching some places of interest).


A few minor changes occured on the Bibus network in Brest (France). I was notified by M. Pouliquen who suggested some improvements on other lines, as well.


R. Baquero reported a missing stop on one of the bus lines in Bogota (Colombia).

Friday, November 04, 2005


N. Knapp sent me (as always ;-) updated information about the works on the Madrid (Spain) metro network, this time on line 10.


Some changes, reported by T. Mognetti, occured on the Lyon (France) bus network, including the addition of a new night service.

Monday, October 31, 2005


After the recent update, I forgot to add the new cities (Dunkerque, St Brieuc, St Malo, Vannes) in i-Métro.
I also added Toulouse, which is now worth being included, with the addition of major bus lines.


Pascal provided the bus network for the city of Evry (southern suburbs of Paris, France).


S. Visser sent me some data for the Gouda (Netherlands) bus network. It still needs some work, though...

Wednesday, October 26, 2005


It looks like the recent addition in the Moscow (Russia) subway is not operating exactly as I imagined... Thanks to J. Barrie for pointing it out.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

MetrO 5.3.5+

I released an interim version of MetrO (numbered 5.3.5+), with a lot of updates on the city files but no changes on the programs.

Download the new package from our home page.

Sunday, October 23, 2005


M. Engelbert has suggested the addition of 2 bus lines in the Budapest (Hungary) database, for their special interest to tourists (one for the airport and the other one for the Castle District).


Pascal sent me the information for the bus network in Dunkerque (France).


M. Dulerm has sent me a few (most frequent) bus and railway lines for Toulouse (France), making the file a lot more useful...


M. Pouliquen provided information for yet another network in Brittany (France): Vannes, along with minor changes for Brest and St Brieuc.

Saturday, October 22, 2005


A second subway line just opened in Daegu (Korea). I added the line in both the "roman" and "korean" versions.

Paris (works)

Service is back to normal at Sèvres-Babylone in the Paris (France) subway.

Download the "temporary" files:

Next update planned on November 10th.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Paris - Night Bus

The night bus network in Paris (France) has been completely transformed last month and is now named "Noctilien".

J.-Y. Dumas has compiled and sent me the data and the new database is almost ready. We still miss a few lines (serving remotes locations) but the main network is covered.


The only trolleybus line in Belgium is operating again, in Gent, and has been added in our database. Thanks to Lionel for the information and data.

Paris (works)

One more station has been closed for renovation last Monday, in the Paris (France) subway.

Download the "temporary" files:

Next update planned on October 22nd.


L. Debacker reported a minor change on the Montpellier (France) bus network.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Los Angeles

E. Karnes sent me some details about the new Orange bus line (Metro Liner) in Los Angeles (USA), whose opening is due at the end of the month.

While on the file, I have tried to improve consistency on the stop names accross all the bus lines...

Saturday, October 15, 2005


Although the works affecting the Green line in Boston (USA) seem to be late (they were supposed to end in August), some changes have occured on the services.


N. Knapp notified me of temporary changes (again) on Line 10 in Madrid (Spain), at Colonia Jardin.

Friday, October 14, 2005


L. Freund sent me an update (including fixes and additional lines) for the Braunschweig (Germany) network.

London & Moscow

Not much in common, but I fixed a few errors and idiosyncracies in both the London (UK) and Moscow (Russia) files, on a suggestion by Frank.

Sunday, October 09, 2005


A station was added on line 5 in the Valencia (Spain) metro.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Saint Malo

M. Pouliquen has sent me the data for Saint Malo, another city in Brittany (western France).


M. Pouliquen sent me the new season update for Landerneau (France).

Friday, October 07, 2005


K. Elgey noticed and reported a typo on station Basildon in the London (UK) database.

Monday, October 03, 2005

São Paulo

E. Watanabe sent me additional places of interest (mostly shopping centers) for the São Paulo (Brazil) database.


I fixed an error affecting all the databases involving Osaka (Japan), including the "Kansai" version, after reading a review on NewLC and comments by K. Hana (who "forgot" to notify me directly ;-).

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Paris (works)

Two more stations will close tomorrow for renovation in the Paris (France) subway.

Download the "temporary" files:

Next update planned on October 17th.


D. Pickett sent a few error corrections for the Melbourne (Australia) database, which I applied. She also sent me a complete description of the tram network, but this will take longer to integrate.

Friday, September 30, 2005


There are works in the Madrid (Spain) subway: line 3 reopened but 2 stations are still closed. Nico sent me a notice, as always (thanks!).


Fabio reported an error in the Milano (Italy) database and I fixed another one I found on my own...

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Andreas sent me a list of changes and additional lines for the Oslo (Norway) database.


There are extensions on services in Bogota (Colombia), that were notified by Ricardo.

Monday, September 26, 2005


L. Freund suggested a few more improvements on the Braunschweig (Germany) file.

Sunday, September 25, 2005


Claude is building a file for the city of Plovdiv (Bulgaria), starting with the mini-bus system.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Paris (works)

The renovation is progressing in Paris (France): "Porte de Choisy" reopened this morning and "Jourdain" will be closed from Monday (I took some advance).

Download the "temporary" files:

Next update planned on October 3rd.

St.Louis, MO

E. Scott provided additional information (accurate trip times, places of interest with details...) for the city of St.Louis, MO (USA).

Friday, September 23, 2005


R. Ritz reported an inacuracy on the operation of line 5 in Zürich (Switzerland). I also fixed similar cases on other tram lines.

Brest & Morlaix

E. Colin provided some complements for both the Brest & Morlaix (France) databases.

Thursday, September 22, 2005


The database for Nancy (France) has not been checked in a long time and some changes occured since the last update. JM Jehl reported a service change on lines 171 & 172, but there are probably more corrections needed...

Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Two new subway lines have opened in Porto (Portugal): line C in June (I missed it) and line D this month.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

MetrO 5.3.5

The new release is available, with 2 new cities, autumn updates on quite a number of cities and a few bug fixes.
It's available on our home page, as usual.


N. Knapp reported the end of the temporary service change on line 8 in Madrid (Spain). And since the new release is almost out, I also took into account the reopening of line 3, planned next week (in the meantime, you may deactivate the line by hand).

Monday, September 19, 2005

MetrO for PalmOS

E. Scott pointed out that the Palm version of the program lacks the "Undo" and "Select all" options in the "Edition" menu. Since they are required, according to the PalmOS user interface guidelines, I added them.

However I miss translations in a few languages: Arabic, Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Corsican, Croatian, Estonian, Filipino, Indonesian, Georgian (many other translations missing), Macedonian (many other translations missing), Malay, Romanian, Serbian (many other translations missing), Thai & Vietnamese. And maybe others will need to be checked... Feel free to send your suggestions!

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Paris (works)

The RATP is late on its planning: the re-opening planned on Saturday is delayed until next week. However a new station (Bel-Air) will be closed from tomorrow (Monday) until December.

Download the "temporary" files:

Next update planned on September 23th.

Saturday, September 17, 2005


A new station has opened on line 1 of the Milano (Italy) subway.

San Francisco

E. Scott completely rewrote the San Francisco Bay Area (USA) file, in order to provide, among other benefits, more detailed route suggestions (with different Caltrain services, for example) and more accurate timing estimates.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Brest & Morlaix

M. Pouliquen suggested some changes on the line names in Brest & Morlaix (France), along with a few bug fixes.


L. Lamontagne suggested a change in the places of interest in Montréal (Canada), with the opening of "La Grand Bibliothèque".

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


On September 10th, a new branch has opened on line 4 in Moscow (Russia).

Monday, September 12, 2005

Paris (works)

I made a small error last week: new changes ocurred again today on the Paris subway network, with two new stations closed.

Download the "temporary" files:

Next update planned on September 16th.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Copenhagen & New York

No relation between these cities, but I fixed a minor error on Copenhagen (Denmark), reported by C. Hindgaul, and a typo on New York (USA).

Friday, September 09, 2005


Hymie reported some changes in Baltimore (USA), following reconstruction works on the northern segment of the Light Rail.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Donation for MetrO

After a few suggestions to do so, we have decided to start accepting donations for MetrO. It will help pay for better hosting (for our web site and services, such as i-Metro) and the devices we need in order to test our programs.

Of course, the software is (and will remain) freeware but if you feel it is worth a few of your dollars, pounds, yens or euros, we will really appreciate your contribution.

Thanks in advance!

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Paris (works)

Starting tomorrow, a new station (Avron) will be closed in Paris, for renovation. The temporary MetrO databases are ready to download.

Download the files:

Next update planned on September 16th.

Friday, September 02, 2005


After his previous addition, R. Mezzadri sent me detailed information (address, web site, opening hours, ...) about most of the places of interest in our Stockholm (Sweden) database.

Thursday, September 01, 2005


I added 2 new features to i-Métro:

  • Line routes: just as in the PDA/smartphone program, you can see the routes for each line in our databases, for any specified time.

  • Maps: an interface with GoogleMaps (still in beta) lets you see your start or end stop on a map of the city.

    - The maps are available only for the cities where we have geolocalization data. Today it includes Paris (almost complete), Madrid & London (major subway stops) and Bologna (a handful of stops).

    - To see the map, click on the "balloon" next to the stop name in the results screen. If there is no "balloon", the map is not available (for lack of information).

    - Google has maps for selected countries only. It means that whereas we display an actual map for London, the other cities present a satellite view instead.

    - We build this as some sort of a proof of concept to illustrate what we could do on MetrO for PDA & smartphone, if we find the right partner (for the maps).

    - If you want the map implemented for you city, please send us a simple list containing the geographical coordinates (in decimal form) for each stop or station (please be sure to use the same spelling as in our database). But first check that your city is covered in GoogleMaps.

These features should work on any "modern" standard-compliant web browser, but I have tested it only in Internet Explorer (version 6 for Windows) and Firefox (for Windows). If you encounter a problem with your browser, let me know (although I can't promise I will be able to fix it).


M. Pouliquen sent me a complement for the Morlaix (France) database, with 3 additional suburban bus lines.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005


A new station has opened on the Calandlijn in Rotterdam (Netherlands). It also appears the branches at the end of the line were not accurately described.

Sunday, August 28, 2005


The bus network in Bruxelles / Brussel (Belgium) will be completely redesigned over the next few years. L. Debacker provided the first batch of changes, planned on September 5th.

Saturday, August 27, 2005


I have worked again on i-Métro, making it slightly easier to use with a few user interface enhancements... The Amadeus version, in particular, should now be fully compatible with Firefox.

More important, I believe (and hope) I have solved the recurring problem I had every time I updated the city files (taking hours to be effective when the service did not simply crash entirely).

Paris (works)

From next Monday, line 5 in Paris will be partially closed again in the evening for works. The temporary MetrO databases are updated.

Download the files:

Next update planned on September 5th.


SAS offered to build a database for the trolleybus system in Sofia (Bulgaria). We started with a cyrillic version...

Friday, August 26, 2005


R. Mezzadri sent me 4 main bus lines for the Stockholm (Sweden) database.

Kyiv / Kiev

One of the subway line in Kyiv (Ukraine) has been extended this month. I also updated the russian version of our database.


One of the tram lines in Lyon (France) will be extended next month. There are also minor changes on the bus lines in the area. Thanks to L. Freund for the notice.


L. Freund sent me additional (and corrective) information for the city of Braunschweig (Germany).

Wednesday, August 24, 2005


I am currently trying to improve i-Métro (the online MetrO service) and there is already a significant change: the service automatically starts with your preferred language, if your browser is correctly configured and the language itself is available in our service.


M. Coll reported an error on one of the RENFE lines in Barcelona (Spain).


A. Scott provided an additional line (the "Heathrow Connect") to reach Heathrow Airport in London (UK).

While adding that to the database, I also realized there was an error in the current version: the Thameslink lines appear twice...

Monday, August 22, 2005

Paris (bus)

Bruno reported service changes on bus lines 28 and 38 in Paris (France).

New York

The Cortland Street station in New York City (USA) will be closed for 6 monthes. Thanks to A. Leviss for sending me a note.

Saturday, August 20, 2005


The Bydgoszcz (Poland) database has been updated by P. Falkowski (there are not so many changes, though).


C. Guyon, from Bibus, sent me the information for the services in Brest (France), as they will change at the end of this month.

Paris (works)

There is a new version of the "works" Paris databases, with the re-opening of Notre Dame de Lorette and the advanced closure of Simplon.

Download the new files:

Next update planned on August 27th.

Friday, August 19, 2005


The Mexico database contained a pair of errors, reported by A. Medina.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Davis, CA

R. Kendrick sent me the data for the bus system in Davis, CA (USA). At the moment, only the summer break services are included but this should be enhanced with the regular service in the near future.


R. Barker sent a file for the rail system around and one bus line in Wellington (New Zealand). That will be the first city covered in this country.

Monday, August 15, 2005

MetrO 5.3.4

The new release is out. Since the problems with our domain name are not yet solved, you can download MetrO 5.3.4 and check the changes at And because our troubles with our host provider are not over either, do not hesitate to use the alternate download links we provide on our home page.

We apologize again for the inconvenience(s) but we hope that the Google ads we recently added on our web site will allow us to pay for a better web hosting solution in the near future.

Problem with our domain

We have yet another problem with our web service providers: our domain ( is not currently reachable. In the meantime, you may still access the MetrO home page at

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thursday, August 11, 2005


A. Bodor reported missing connections (at Prohlis) in the Dresden (Germany) file.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

MetrUp 1.2.0

You can now download version 1.2.0 of the MetrO online updater (MetrUp), which is (at last) compatible with the Palm LifeDrive. Additionally, the program now comes in a single file: you can (and should) remove the old HTTP Library from your device.

Download the new version HERE.

MetrO online update

I discovered a problem on our online update service (accessible from MetrUp on PalmOS devices or directly from MetrO on other devices): on rare occasions it could update a file with garbage, rendering it completely useless.

The problem is now fixed.

London (special)

According to the TfL web site, the tube service is now fully restored in London (UK). Consequently, the special version of our database is discontinued and you should now use the regular file (London-tourist.pdb) again.

I hope the special release has been helpful to you!

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Paris (works)

There is now full service back on line 14 and that's the only reason for a new version of the "works" Paris databases.

Download the new files:

Next update planned on August 20th.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Hong Kong

J. Leung reported some changes in Hong Kong, in particular with the opening of the Disneyland Park this month.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Problems with

You may have noticed incomplete entries on this blog in the past hours. It looks like has some trouble and randomly cuts out some stuff from my short texts...
Sorry for this :-(

London (special)

If I understand correctly the information from the TfL, the tube service in London is almost back to normal, with the only exception being the Circle line running only at peak hours on weekdays.

Download the updated file here.

i-Métro in portuguese

i-Métro is now available in portuguese. However, since I am not an expert in the language, feel free to send your comments if you think the translation can be improved.

Roma & Firenze

After his holidays in Italy, Frank brought back a few changes and updates on the Firenze (Florence) and Roma databases.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Sacramento, CA

There has been changes on the Sacramento, CA (USA) light rail service last June.


Well, it's a day for missing connections... This time at Umeda station in Osaka (Japan), as reported by B. Schuster.


S. Karyagin reported missing connections for the places of interest in the Kyiv/Kiev (Ukraine) database.

Sunday, July 31, 2005


Y. Katagiri sent the route for the new Tsukuba Express in Tokyo (Japan), whose service will start on August 24th, as well as a minor change on an existing line and two previously missing lines.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

MetrO "smart" download

On a suggestion by M. Mills, I have added the option to select all the cities in a country with a single click (on the checkbox attached to the country name): smart download page.

Paris (works)

There is quite a number of changes on the Paris subway network this week-end: Belleville is (supposedly) re-opened, the works on line 5 are suspended in August and line 14 will be partially closed next week (to prepare the future extension to Olympiades).

The next version is planned next week-end.

Download the new files:

Friday, July 29, 2005

London (special)

Some news on the current state of the tube network in London:
  • The District line service is fully restored
  • There is no service on the Hammersmith & City line between Edgware Road & Hammersmith until Monday (inclusive) but a replacement bus is available.

Download the update file here.

Thursday, July 28, 2005


S. Macdonald sent me some places of interest (with detailed information) for Glasgow (Scotland, UK). I also corrected some minor errors on the file.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

New York (USA)

It appears some changes occured on the subway service in New York (USA) last May and I was not aware of them. Will reported a change on line N but there may be more...

Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Another city will soon start operation on its firts subway line: Kazan (Russia). I even tried to build a version in russian ;-)


The new subway in Nanjing (China) will soon start regular operation on its first line: it is time to build a database for that city!


G. Heinen sent an update for line 6 in Luxembourg, which is quite wrong in the current version.


Following a mail from A. Groves, I have realized some connections were missing on the monorail line in Osaka (Japan). This was affecting both the Osaka file and the more complete Kyoto-Osaka database.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Kuala Lumpur

J. Mokhtar notified me of a change on the Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) network: a new stop has opened (one year ago...).

London (special)

As planned, the London tube service has changed this morning: download the update file here.

Updated at 10:40 (GMT), since the information on the TFL web site got less confusing.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

London (special)

Yet another update for the London special file (use the link from the post below).

Tomorrow, the Metropolitan line will run again to Aldgate. I will publish a new file late this evening or early tomorrow.

MetrO 5.3.4 in progress

After a long period without any spare time, I took a few hours today for coding :-)

I have tried to improve the text - lists synchronization feature:
- The current text entry is highlighted in the POI list (as well as in the complete stop list and the contacts list).
- Instead of opening the complete stop list on the first character entered (when there is no list on screen), the contact list is displayed if the current entry starts with an '@'.
- And other minor enhancements.

I just need to check that those changes do not have a negative impact on performance...

London (special)

It looks like the service is improving on the London tube service: download the update file here.

Saturday, July 23, 2005


An anonymous user has reported a minor error in the Karlsruhe (Germany) database.

Albenga & La Spezia

T. Caviglia provided the bus network for two small cities in Italy: Albenga & La Spezia. He also sent me one line for Ventimiglia, but I'm not sure a one line system is really useful...

San Jose

D. Rich sent an update for the San Jose (USA) VTA light rail, included in the San Francisco file.

London (special)

Another update for the special London file: the Northern line service is partially interrupted.

Friday, July 22, 2005

London (special)

After yesterday's incidents, there are further disruptions on the London (UK) tube network. Get the updated MetrO file HERE.

Paris - Night Bus

D. Porte has spotted an error in the Night Bus network for Paris (France).

Thursday, July 21, 2005


Some change occurs in Napoli (Italy) as well, with two "Vesuviana" lines integrated in the subway system and the opening of the first stretch of a future regional line. These were documented by "Nesis".

San Diego

E. P. Scott sent an update for the trolley lines in San Diego (USA), after the opening of a new line.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005


I have just discovered that my source file for Madrid (Spain) was slightly corrupted. I don't think it has an impact on its content but you may observe a few weird things (like the name "Madr" instead of "Madrid") and I recommend you delete this file when you get the update next month.

Addition on 07/21: since it is possible that some problems arise with the file, you can now download the fixed Madrid database.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005


L. Freund suggested a few additional improvements on the Genève / Geneva (Switzerland) database.

London (special)

The King's Cross St Pancras station has reopened on the Northern line. Download our new "special" file HERE.

Monday, July 18, 2005

MetrO 5.3.3

The new release is out. There are no major updates on the programs but changes on quite a number of city files.

See the details on our home page.

Saturday, July 16, 2005


An update on the Stuttgart (Germany) network, for a line extension.


The Geneva (Switzerland) database now contains the operating times for every line, thanks to L. Freund :-)

London (special)

Following last week attacks disruptions on the London (UK) tube network, the King's Cross station has reopened on the Victoria line. Download the new file HERE.


N. Thomas sent a minor update for the Perth (Australia) network: a station name change.

Paris ("works")

There was an error in the previous Paris (works) databases (it may have been there for some time, as a matter of fact). There is no other change on the network.
Please download the new versions:

Friday, July 15, 2005


R. Ramirez has provided another update for the Bogota (Colombia) file. There are a number of things I don't understand in the system itself but I hope we will be able to clear things up.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

London (special)

There is a minor update for the special London file (extension of a replacement bus service). Download HERE.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005


L. Freund sent an update for the Braunschweig (Germany) tram network and also provided the major bus lines.


It looks like last month I forgot to mention that I updated the Boston (USA) file after the opening of a new section on the Silver line...

Sunday, July 10, 2005


M. Ciesielski provided an update for the Berlin (Germany) network, including temporary service changes (for works on the S-Bahn), a few changes on some line routes and a new tram line.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

London (special)

Another update on the special file for London, after the King's Cross station reopening on the Metropolitan line.

London (special)

The Hammersmith line being partly reopened, I have updated the special London file. See below for the download link.

Paris ("works")

The "temporary" Paris databases (works in progress on the subway network) are updated again today, including a new planning for the autumn.


London (special)

An update for the "special" London file is available HERE.

Friday, July 08, 2005

New York

M. Mazuryk sent the information for the LIRR system in New York (USA). Given its complexity, it may have some shortcomings (not to mention the possible errors we will try to spot before release) but I hope it will help New Yorkers anyway.


On a suggestion by J. Tannenwald (following my post about merging the files for New York City and Philadelphia), I have added the NJT Northeast Corridor line in the Philadelphia (USA) file.

London - Special

After the attacks yesterday, the service in London (UK) transport system is disrupted and we are providing a special version of our database, according to the information we have at this time.

We sincerely hope it will help people in this difficult time. All our sympathy goes to the victims, their families and all the Londoners.

Download the file HERE. (please note that it is named "London Special" and it will not replace the regular version: remember to select it in the cities list).

Thursday, July 07, 2005


There has been a change on the Transmilenio service in Bogota (Colombia).


After yesterday's improvements, N. Knapp sent me the operating times for the subway and rail lines in Madrid (Spain). This allowed me to take into account the stops or sections that are closed part of the time.


D. Pickett reported a few typos in the Melbourne (Australia) database.

She is also planning to add the tram lines in the file and she welcomes any help (send me a mail if you are interested) ;-)


After the update last month, for works on line 3 in Madrid (Spain), N. Knapp sent the information about the bus replacement services, as well as one for another closed stop (on line 10).

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

New York

Some updates on the New Jersey Transit line in the New York (USA) database, again from M. Mazuryk.


A. Lambrianidis reported a typo on one of the places of interest in the Athens (Greece) file.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

New York & Philadelphia

M. Mazuryk reported some inconsistencies on the NJT River Line in the New York & Philadelphia (USA) databases.

He also asked if it was possible to build one file for both cities (like we did for Washington & Baltimore): although I may try to, I'm afraid this would lead to a file too large for the program to handle.

The software has some limits in the number of "objects" (lines, stops, connections, ...) it can handle and even if we were to overcome these limitations, the calculations might take very long (several minutes) on occasions...

Sunday, July 03, 2005


A new section opened (today?) on line 2 in Delhi (India).


T. Caviglia sent the rest of the data for the Savona (Italy) database.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Paris ("works")

New version for the "temporary" Paris databases (works in progress on the subway network). Next one around July 9th...


Friday, July 01, 2005


From a mail by C. Castellanos, I added a new Metrobus line to the Mexico City (Mexico) database.

Once again, I received only a scan of the official leaflet: potential contributors should be aware that maintaining more than 300 city files is taking us an enormous amount of time and it is very important to prepare the data you want included in our files (see the "Contribution" section in the user guide)...

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Wien (Vienna)

On a suggestion by V. Dumitrescu (who, unfortunately, did not provide the reqired data), I have added a missing tram line (actually a "Lokalbahn", its local designation) in the Wien (Austria) database.

London & Rotterdam

K. de Bondt sent me some updates on the places of interest, as well as new ones, in Rotterdam (Netherlands).

He also suggested the addition of a new place of interest in London (UK): the Parasol Unit.


J. Tannenwald provided a few updates on the places of interest included in the Washington-Baltimore (USA) database.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Korean version

I have revised the Korean version of the program, on new translations provided by W. Hwang-Chung.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Paris ("works")

New version for the "temporary" Paris databases (works in progress on the subway network). I am not sure of their accuracy because of some inconsistencies between my information sources (on the RATP web site)...


Sunday, June 26, 2005


L. Freund reported minor errors in the Lyon (France) database.

Thursday, June 23, 2005


A minor update for Brest (France) was sent by M. Pouliquen.


A. Norling provided an update for Oslo (Norway), including a summer bus service to the beaches east of the city...

With more than 30°C in Paris these days, I guess I would feel much better there ;-)


M. Mazuryk informs me of a project to renovate the Market-Frankford line in Philadelphia (USA), with a first stop being closed for 5 monthes.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005


F. Wilhelm sent the complete bus and trolleybus network for Vilnius (Lithuania). It was almost too large for the program but I finally made a valid database ;-)

Genova & Savona

T. Caviglia sent an update for the network in Genova (Italy), including funicular lines.

He also sent me the bus network for Savona (in Italy as well).

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Problems with my mailbox

For all of you who try to contact me, you should be aware of some troubles I have with my mailbox on Yahoo! Mail (where all the mails you send end up, including those sent to the domain).

In the last weeks, the Y! mail service tend to flag a lot of valid mails as spam and, given the number of spams I get (hundreds per day), it happens that I delete them without noticing they are genuine... The last example was last night: I realized one mail was about the Las Vegas file just after I pressed the "delete" button (and it is lost forever).

Therefore, if you send me a mail, expecting a reply (especially for contributions), and do not get one within a few days, please try again (and try changing the subject to something really meaningful)...

Sorry for the inconvenience,

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Paris ("works")

The RATP having changed its planning, a new version of the "temporary" Paris databases (works in progress on the subway network) is available, valid until (around) June 24th.



After Seoul, W. Hwang-Chung suggested some changes on the Busan (Korea) network.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Monterrey & Napoli

The latest version of Monterrey (Mexico), changed just before the new release, was not entirely accurate...
And another addition has arrived for Napoli (Italy), with still more to come, eventually.

Sunday, June 12, 2005


Too late to be included in the new release, W. Hwang-Chung sent me new information on the Seoul (Korea) network, which is expanding...

Release 5.3.2

The new version of MetrO (5.3.2) is out, with updates on many city databases, as can be seen from the posts here during the last month ;-)

Friday, June 10, 2005


M. Leon sent updates for the Monterrey (Mexico) system, including new TransMetro routes.


Nesis sent additional boat lines for the Napoli (Italy) database. It was also a good opportunity to add operating times on the other lines.

It looks like there are a few errors in the file that need fixing (inappropriate connections). I just hope I'll get them before the next release (planned this week-end, if all goes well).

Wednesday, June 08, 2005


The Utrecht (Netherlands) database required a major update (on the bus network). Thanks to K. de Bondt for providing the information.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Paris ("works")

This morning, I released a new version of the "temporary" Paris databases (works in progress on the subway network), valid until (around) June 24th.


Sunday, June 05, 2005

Barcelona (part 2)

After Emilo's mail, we realized the FGC network in Barcelona had some serious flaws. I have adjusted the trip times (they were largely understimated) and fixed some line routes...


Jérôme provided an update on some information (especially about places of interest) in Rennes (France).

Saturday, June 04, 2005

RSS feed

For users who would prefer an RSS feed over the existing Atom feed, I have added the option to this blog (through the FeedBurner service).

Friday, June 03, 2005


M. Pouliquen, who certainly loves Brittany (western France), sent the data for a new city: Morlaix.

It's my birthday!

Yes, today is my birthday... I'm not obliged to write only about MetrO here, am I?


One FGC line was missing, as well as a stop (they supposedly opened last year) in Barcelona (Spain). Emilio sent me a notice.


After more than 2 years of silence ;-) M. Harris reported a change on the Perth (Australia) network and provided information for 2 additional bus lines, with possibly more to come...

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Hong Kong

A new station opened on the Hong Kong network.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005


O. Pantalé noticed that the Athens (Greece) file was overly optimistic about reaching the airport with the subway. While changing that, I also adjusted the trip times on line 1...


There was a small error to fix on the Utrecht (Netherlands) database, reported by K. de Bondt.

Monday, May 30, 2005

New York

Yesterday, some service changes occured in New York (USA). A. Li provided the information.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Paris ("works")

For the reopening of station St Placide, there is a new version for the "temporary" Paris databases (works in progress on the subway network), valid until June 10th.


Friday, May 27, 2005


After a long silence (because he was busy), S. Labastille sent a few corrections for the Luxembourg database.

Thursday, May 26, 2005


S. André provided the data for the bus network in Sartrouville (France), including all the companies operating there.


I. Neumann sent me the data for the bus network in Rostock (Germany), that I added to the existing file (which was quite small with little more than 3 S-Bahn lines).

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

San Diego

R. Olson provided information for many bus lines in San Diego (USA).


P. Riviere reported the opening yesterday of a new Cercanias line in Barcelona (Spain), and provided the data to add it in the MetrO database.


One S-Bahn line was missing from the Dresden (Germany) file. R. Lehnert provided the information.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Paris bus (and "full")

There are some minor changes on the Paris (France) bus lines around the Montparnasse station.


I made a few small adjustments on the Brest (France) database, following remarks by M. Pouliquen.


After helping on the Tallinn network, Valdur translated the program in Estonian.

Sunday, May 22, 2005


L. Freund uncovered a few minor errors in the Lyon (France) database and in the informations (obsolete phone numbers).

Saturday, May 21, 2005


P. Falkowski sent the data for the tram and bus network in Bydgoszcz (Poland).

Friday, May 20, 2005


The tram and bus network in Amsterdam (Netherlands) will change slightly on May 30th. K. de Bondt sent the information.


Valdur reported a connection error in the Tallinn (Estonia) database. He also provided additional information about fares but unfortunately the amount of data is too large for the program...

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Paris ("works")

New version because the works on line 5 are not entirely finished (as a matter of fact the RATP now announces it will last at least 6 monthes).
To download, use the links below.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Paris ("works" version)

New version for the "temporary" Paris databases (works in progress on the subway network), valid until May 27th.

  • Paris-travaux, containing the complete rail network
  • Paris-full-travaux, containing the inner city subway, bus and RER networks (not usable on a Palm device)

Friday, May 13, 2005


A Ratcliffe sent information about "new" (for MetrO) CSE lines in London (UK). I have updated the database, also adjusting operating times and trip times.

Thursday, May 12, 2005


Following a mail by S. Baumgart, I have checked and improved (hopefully) the express bus lines (X lines) in Berlin (Germany).


I have tried to improve the Birmingham (UK) database, adding icons and colors, adjusting trip times... Maybe it will still require some verification.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Paris ("full" version)

The "full" version of the Paris (France) database contains the subway and bus systems and I'm convinced a number of connections are missing between these. Fabrice reported one such case (at "Jules Joffrin") but don't hesitate to send us a mail if you can find other similar cases.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Translations (for PalmOS version)

The new confirmation dialog I recently added in the PalmOS version of MetrO has already been translated in many languages. However, some are still missing: Arabic, Basque, Catalan, Chinese (Big5), Corsican, Croatian, Czech, Filipino, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Malay, Polish, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, Thai, Vietnamese. If you want to help, the string to translate is "The file for "city name" already exists on card, do you want to replace it?"

In some cases, there are other strings which are not translated. If you find some in your language, do not hesitate to send me a note, I will be pleased to complete the work.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Version 5.3.1

MetrO 5.3.1 is out! See the details at the usual address...

Saturday, May 07, 2005

MetrO for PalmOS translations

I added new versions of MetrO for PalmOS in Bulgarian (almost complete), Macedonian and Serbian (some strings are still missing). I have successfully tested the former with CyrHack but I could not test the latter; I think they should work all right with PiLoc (from Paragon software).

To stay in sync with the PocketPC version, I also wanted to add the Georgian version but although there is a CyrHack extension for this language, I have no idea of the character encoding I should use (and it's probably not Unicode, so that I will have trouble converting the text). Therefore, for the time being this version will be kept on hold.

Thursday, May 05, 2005


G. Le Lann sent the data to build a file for the bus network in Chartres (France).

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

I hate PalmGear

PalmGear (the well known Palm software distribution site) has recently announced that they will take over the software section on the palmOne web site (as soon as next month).

One problem is that these bright guys have come up with an extraordinarily complex process to submit software for the palmOne site (I'm still wondering what went through their mind). But when I finally tried to go through the process, I discovered that it does not work... For a company that takes 50% on the sales, I'm wondering what the commercial software vendors will say...

The consequence is that I'm afraid that MetrO will disappear entirely from the palmOne web site. That's a pity but at least that won't change our account balance!


S. Labastille sent the complete (or almost) data to build a database for the bus network in Luxembourg.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005


On a recommendation from Maurizio, I have added the previously missing line 73 (useful to reach the Linate airport) in the Milano (Italy) database. I also added the airports in the places of interest.

Monday, May 02, 2005


On the Berlin (Germany) database, the works at Papestraße are finished and the new "M" lines need some cleaning up (some stops have the same names as subway or rail stations but are completely different). Thanks to M. Ciesielski!

Belo Horizonte & New York

K. Wagenführ has reported an extension on the line in the Belo Horizonte (Brazil) database. I also enhanced it a bit (with icon, colors, times...).

He also suggested a new place of interest for the New York (USA) file: the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Paris (works)

I have updated the Paris files again (see the links below). The next change is planned around May 13th.

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Paris (works)

New version for other changes on the "temporary" Paris databases. They will be valid until Monday (May 2nd) only!

  • Paris-travaux, containing the complete rail network
  • Paris-full-travaux, containing the inner city subway, bus and RER networks (not usable on a Palm device)

Friday, April 29, 2005

Advertisement on i-MetrO

Partly because of the recent troubles we had with our free hosting service for i-MetrO, we have decided to insert Google ads in the service. The idea is that, if the ads pay enough money, we may be able to afford a better host.

Don't hesitate to provide your feedback on this matter...


Some changes appear to have occured in Köln/Bonn (Germany), for example, one of the airport shuttle buses does not run anymore, apparently. I have updated what I could detect (including line colors) but the file will need probably some thorough checking.


With data provided by K. de Bondt and some research of my own, I have updated the Montpellier (France) database which is getting a bit old... I'm not sure it is absolutely up to date yet but at least it is better than before and it now contains operating time information.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005


G. Le Lann reported a small error (with possible extended effects) in the Angers (France) database.

Den Haag

K. de Bondt reported some mistakes (on connections) in the Den Haag (Netherlands) database.

Monday, April 25, 2005


I still don't know the reason but i-MetrO is broken again for some cities. I investigate the matter, as well as the guys from the hosting service (which is free, let's not forget that) but I have no idea when this will be solved. Sorry for the inconvenience.

One positive note though: I found out a mistake that prevented to use the service for Freiburg in Breisgau. I fixed it and it's one of the cities that work all right ;-)

[Edit] The service is running again this Tuesday morning (CET). Enjoy!

Paris (works)

This is the first update for the "temporary" Paris databases, taking into account the works in the subway. Due to the RATP planning, these files will be valid only until next Friday (April 29th).

The files are at the same address as the previous versions:

  • Paris-travaux, containing the complete rail network
  • Paris-full-travaux, containing the inner city subway, bus and RER networks (not usable on a Palm device)

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Bruxelles & Gent

L. Debacker reported one small error in the Bruxelles file and suggested one stop name change (to match what appears on signs) in Gent (both cities in Belgium, of course).

Thursday, April 21, 2005


I have updated one tram line in the Amsterdam (Netherlands) database. I just hope it's the only one that has changed its route...