Tuesday 1 May 2012
The Queensland Government's rollout of its real-time information system trial is coming soon to one of Brisbane's most popular bus routes.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the real-time passenger information system would give customers an accurate arrival and departure time on the popular CityGlider route.
"I'm pleased that TransLink has been able to expand its trial to include the 20 buses that service the CityGlider route, between Teneriffe and West End," Mr Emerson said
"This addition to a Logan City trial, to commence soon will come at no extra cost and will ensure real-time information can be trialled within the CBD.
"Customers will be able to see exactly when the next bus is coming using a web-based mobile phone or tablet.
"There will also be on-board information to identify the next stop as well as other handy passenger information.
"This trial will require each bus to be fitted with a GPS tracking device and other equipment that allows the bus to compare its current location to its planned location.
"The bus then releases this information to the central real-time system which calculates and sends the expected time of arrival the on-bus displays, mobile devices and TransLink website."
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk welcomed the decision, adding that Brisbane City Council had been pushing for the technology to be installed on the city's buses for some time.
"I'm committed to delivering an extra 360 buses this term on top of the 500 my team delivered last term in a bid to make Brisbane's bus fleet more reliable and comfortable," Cr Quirk said.
"I believe this technology trial is a big step forward towards improving the reliability of Brisbane's public transport network. That is why my team has been lobbying for its installation and I'm pleased the new LNP State Government has listened."
German transport company INIT was chosen to install the real-time system for TransLink.
INIT has installed similar real-time systems at more than 400 sites across the world including Dubai, Vancouver in Canada, Dublin, Bavaria and soon in South East Queensland.
The real-time system will also be trialled on 125 buses in the Clark's Logan City Bus Service fleet, including the high-frequency route 555 between Logan City and the Brisbane CBD.
Display and GPS equipment will be installed on the CityGlider services from August.