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Help on Using GetAbout Australia
GetAbout Australia provides timetables and information about coach, rail and ferry services for regional Australia.
Information about the search options is given below.
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With the journey planner you need to know your origin locality and destination locality. You can use the predictive text option or use the alphabetical index in the selectable lists.
In the selectable lists, state and territory capital cities have a listing at the top. You can use the first letter of the locality key to go down the list.
A limited range of suburban stops which form part of a longer distance journey are shown separate from the main city name. For example, in Adelaide you will find a separate reference to the
suburb of Elizabeth. In many localities there can be multiple pick up points, but these are listed in your search findings.
Results of searches are dependent on there being no more than 3 stages to a journey.
For example, you can search Perth to Cairns because the journey can be completed in no more than three stages,
but more complex journeys cannot be found in a single search. If you do not get any results then try searching using an intermediate locality.
For example, Perth to Cairns will yield more trip options if you search Perth to Sydney, then Sydney to Cairns.
The initial result screen is designed to provide an overview of services available. You then select the service combinations
that are of interest and look at their detail in the next window. From there you can also get specific detail on timetables for each service.
All services that are direct are shown in the Journey Planner results table, irrespective of time or length of journey.
All other results are dependent on connections being included in the database,
this is a project that is constantly being worked on, with priority given to failed requests.
Results are subject to a '50% rule', something which should be improved over time. At this time the rule
implies that if your search result includes any journey that has time or distance in excess of 50%
of the shortest journey, then that result will be excluded from the display. This is to reduce circular and or convoluted suggestions.
The criteria for a connection is generally, either:
* the operator of the services advertises this as a connection, irrespective of the time provided to make this connection;
* based on practical knowledge, the expectation that a reasonable person, of average fitness, could make such a connection.
Criteria include, but are not limited to: distance between pick up and set down points; complexity of an interchange site; and time that the on-going operator requires for check-in.
People who are not of average fitness should consider allowing extra time between connections.
Transfer times are given, but how a passenger chooses to make that transfer is not included or inferred in the results, and no indication is given about proximity between transfer points.
Localities will give you information on all services arriving and departing from the selected locality.
Each stop along the way then links to show all services for that locality.
This will give you information on all services included in GetAbout Australia for the selected operator.
These link to show a full timetable for each service.
To make it easier to commence a search a couple of different options are under consideration.
These include a state by state select list and a map selection option.
Local transit operators and links to their respective sites is also being developed.
A project to provide 'sheet' tables that show all services and times for a specific route is also in development.
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