Realtime, real soon

South Australia commuters will soon have access to real time information as the technology rolls out

October 9, 2013

Adelaide commuters will soon have access to realtime information when it goes live later this month.

Passengers on bus services that run through the three O-Bahn interchanges will be the first to access the realtime information which will be displayed on the Adelaide Metro website.

The information will be available on the site in the form of countdown screens which will be updated every 15 seconds, and the technology will also advise customers if the service is wheelchair accessible.

The real-time information is made available through GPS technology installed in vehicles as part of the roll out of the Metrocard ticketing system.

Premier Jay Weatherill says the State Government continues to invest in building a stronger public transport network, introducing modern technology to empower passengers.

"Soon passengers will be able to check how far away their bus, tram or train is when they are about to leave home or work, or even on the way to their stop," he says.

"This new service is a further step in the investments we have made across the network to improve the reliability and attractiveness of our public transport."

Weatherill says commuters on bus services running through the Paradise, Tea Tree Plaza and Klemzig interchanges will be the first to benefit from the technology.

It will then be progressively rolled out to more than 8000 stops and stations across Adelaide.

The announcement follows the release of the new Public Transport policy, part of the State Government’s plan for Building a Stronger South Australia.

Transport Services Minister Chloe Fox says passengers should check the Adelaide Metro website regularly to see when their route has been added to the system.

"Following the initial web-based roll out, future O-Bahn and station upgrades will feature real-time information screens similar to those used at domestic and international airports," she says.

"In addition, once all the real-time information is released the data will be freely available to app developers to create innovative products for commuters."

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