Developer resources

We support innovation in Canterbury and encourage developers to use our public data to create apps, online tools and widgets.

This section provides an overview of the data feeds that are available for Metro's public transport network in order to assist developers to understand what information is available for integration into their own applications.

Realtime information system APIs now available

Metro is introducing a new realtime information system across all public transport in Canterbury. This new system will offer some exciting new opportunities for developers to create transport applications using a new set of APIs, based on industry standards.

Production data is now available. Sign up to subscribe and start using our new APIs at apidevelopers.metroinfo.co.nz.

We will be switching off our current data feeds but will give advanced warning before this happens.

Types of feeds available

  • General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) Static: routes, bus stops, bus ETA, service announcements, timetables.
    For more information view GTFS Static Overview.
  • General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) Realtime: trip updates, service alerts, vehicle positions.
    For more information view GTFS Realtime Overview.
  • Service Interface for Realtime Information (SIRI): vehicle information, bus stop information, timetabling.
    For more information view SIRI Technical Standard.

Use of this data must adhere to our terms of use below.

Terms of use

We reserve the right to discontinue the publication of our APIs and/or to modify the URL without notice. We will not be liable for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the service.

By signing up and subscribing to our APIs, you give your permission to Environment Canterbury and/or Metro to store personal information provided and to contact you with the details provided if required.

Your application must not use any Metro branding – this is because when people see our branding (or anything similar) they assume it’s ours. Ensure you get the credit when deserved and make sure that your design does not have any of our branding, logos or trading names and doesn’t include the word ‘official’.

All data unless specifically stated is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

If you need further assistance please email metro@ecan.govt.nz.