Friday, August 21, 2015

Improving Melbourne's Metro Map

Places by Metro is a new project from the City Science research group at Monash University in Australia designed to help you find local businesses within an easy walking distance of any metro station.

Travelers on the Melbourne Metro can use the map to find bars, restaurants or cafes within a set distance's walk from any station. Users can select a station from the Metro map and select either 'bar', 'restaurant' and cafe. They can also set how far they are prepared to walk.

The map then uses the Google Places API to list the highest rated venues within walking distance. If you select a suggested venue from the map sidebar you can view the venue's address, opening hours and read reviews of the venue. You can even click through to view walking directions to the venue on Google Maps.

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