Cairns buses get real

Cairns bus system is a touch more tech-savvy with this week’s launch of a ‘real time’ public transport tracker across the city.

Cairns buses get real
Cairns buses get real

November 25, 2011

Public transport users in the far flung northern city of Cairns get a chance to embrace innovative bus tracking technology launched across the city this week.

Queensland Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk, pictured centre,
today launched the Cairns Real Time Passenger Information System pilot at DFO Westcourt, the site of one of six new electronic bus stop displays in the city.

"This Real Time pilot will run from November 2011 to May 2012," Palaszczuk says.

The entire Sunbus fleet has been fitted with GPS and 3G modems, relaying real time information on service locations at 25-second intervals to electronic bus stop displays across Cairns, and to an online tracking tool.

Palaszczuk says the system demonstrates a commitment to providing innovative public transport solutions in regional areas across Queensland.

"The online bus tracker and electronic bus stop displays will give commuters increased confidence in the usability and reliability of public transport," she says.

The Cairns Real Time system provides commuters with the ability to see when their bus is due to depart via an online bus tracker or at an electronic bus stop display.

The new electronic bus displays are located at Lake Street Transit Mall, Stockland Earlville, DFO Westcourt, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Cairns Central Shopping Centre and James Cook University.

The technology roll-out has been developed in partnership with the Queensland Government, Sunbus, and Bacchus Management Systems.

Information generated by the system will be used in future planning to improve schedules and route services around Cairns.

More information on the Cairns Real Time System and the online bus tracker is available at

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