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...

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Microsoft VGA smartphones

The first microsoft smartphones with VGA screens are released (i.e. spv c550). A new version of MetrO is already under testing.

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

Metro has been nominated by PocketPCMag

Metro has been nominated for a 2005 Best Software Award in the "Travel Tools" category for PocketPC and MS Smartphone by the Pocket PC Magazine staff and Board of Experts!

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.