Dubbo has become a regional leader with new technology now up and running to help customers track the arrival of their bus and get an indication of available seating in real time.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the technology is now on 87 buses in the region as part of the first phase of the Transport Connected Bus Program.
“Dubbo is already up and running as one of three regional centres state wide leading the charge on real-time tracking,” Mr Saunders said.
“For customers, this will mean better trip planning as they will have access to data showing the bus location on its route and an indication of the capacity.
“It also gives parents a chance to track where their child’s school bus is when it comes to drop off and pick up times.
“The NSW Government is committed to delivering quality public transport and transport infrastructure and technology to regional NSW.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the technology will ensure people don’t have to spend long periods of time waiting for their public transport service.
“Using www.transportnsw.info or a third-party transport app, customers are now able to track the location of a bus, its estimated arrival at a stop, and how full the bus is, which means less time waiting at the stop and more time at your destination,” Mr Toole said.
“The launch of this technology builds upon our vision to help make public transport a first choice for people living in the regions.”
The three local operators using the new technology are Dubbo Buslines, Ogden’s Coaches and Langley’s Coaches.
There are about 50,000 customer bus trips per year in the Dubbo area. Customers travelling in regional NSW will be able to learn more about viewing reliable timetable information and real-time updates via the Transport for NSW Trip Planner tool at www.transportnsw.info and other travel apps.