Tuesday, 18 December 2012 03:42

Real time Sydney bus info comes to apps!


Although Sydney’s public buses have offered customers the ability to text a bus stop number to 0488 TXT BUS for a real time list of buses due within the next half hour, this information has finally been integrated into TripView, TripGo and Arrivo.

Although users of Sydney’s public buses haven’t had to wonder when the bus is coming since the introduction of bus stop numbers that could be texted to 0488 TXT BUS, which is still a great option for those who don’t have access to or don’t want to use data, this information is now even easier to access.

Yes, this information has finally been made available to developers, who have added it to their iPhone and Android public transport aps, giving real-time info within the app itself so you know when the bus is due – not just when the timetable says it’s supposed to be there.

As a regular user of the bus stop number texting service to reliably know exactly when the next bus is due, and how many minutes away it really is, I had been wondering when this info would arrive in Tripview, my favourite transit app, alongside other apps too.

Well, thanks to news from the NSW Department of Transport, its great technical people and clever smartphone app developers, it has finally happened, with that data available in TripView, Arrivo and the free TripGo, with Arrivo an Android only app while TripView and TripGo are available on iOS and Android in free (lite) or paid versions.

Extolling the benefits of real time information, NSW Minster for Transport, Gladys Berejiklian said “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.”

Private buses aren’t yet part of the system but are reported to be coming online in mid 2013.

Public buses with real-time info are those in Sydney’s CDB, the eastern suburbs, the inner west, southern suburbs, north western suburbs, the northern beaches and lower north shore, with expansion to come.

So, if you want to see real-time information on when the next bus is due, you have an iPhone or Android and you’re in a serviced area, what are you waiting for?

Check out the latest transit apps and let the power of real time information positively and forever transform your public travel experience!

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