BUS passengers will soon be able to access mobile phone apps that let them know how far away their next bus is.
The three apps should be available from this week, pending approval from app stores, and will provide real-time tracking of bus movements across Sydney.
The release of the apps follows a government effort to make public transport data more widely available to developers. The apps were built following a workshop last month with developers and Transport for NSW officials.
”Having real-time information is a game-changer when it comes to public transport,” the Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, said.
”With these apps, customers will be able to plan ahead not just by looking at the timetable, but see where buses are on their routes.”
Initially, the apps will only provide real-time tracking of government-owned State Transit buses in the CBD, the eastern suburbs, inner west, southern suburbs, north west, northern beaches and lower north shore.
The government hopes to make real-time information available for Sydney’s private buses, but a long-delayed program of fitting them with GPS that will also help give them priority at traffic lights is not due to be finished until mid-2013.
The three apps are called TripView, Arrivo Sydney and TripGo. Arrivo is available only on Android phones, while TripView and TripGo are available on iPhones and Android. TripGo is free, while TripView and Arrivo cost about $3 for a full version, but do have lite versions.
”Some of the apps will alert customers to the next bus arriving at the most convenient stop, give an estimated walk time, guide them directly to the street location, provide real-time alerts, live maps and comparisons of similar transport options by cost, convenience and emissions,” Ms Berejiklian said.
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