Real-time for Perth

The Transperth fleet is expected to be fully fitted with real-time technology in 2016

Real-time for Perth

Bus passengers in Perth will soon be able to track the real-time movements of their vehicles when a Real Time Tracking System is rolled out across the Transperth fleet next year.

The Real Time Tracking System (RTTS) will allow passengers to track their bus on the Transperth website or app and when the bus will arrive at the bus stop.

Transperth has trialled similar technology in 130 buses from the Karrinyup depot for some time.

The next stage will see the roll-out of the technology to the entire fleet, and a contract for this work has been awarded to Downer EDI Engineering Power.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder says the fully-integrated technology will allow Transperth to look at innovative ways to improve on-time running.  

"Already Transperth has been sharing the information gathered during the trial with Main Roads and testing signal priority for buses running behind schedule," he says.

The live-tracking system will feed into electronic signage at the new Perth Busport, similar to an airport-style departure gate system.

Buses will be monitored as they approach the busport.

"Each bus will then be allocated a stand within the Perth Busport and this information is communicated to passengers in the central waiting area," says Nalder.

The first RTTS will be installed in a Transperth bus by the first half of next year with a view to the entire fleet being completed by the time the new Perth Busport opens in 2016.

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