PT data push for Vic

Real time data covering another six Melbourne bus routes now available on PTV app

Bus users will be able to track an additional six well-patronised services in Melbourne’s north-east, flowing the release of new tracking data this month.

The free Public Transport Victoria (PTV) app was launched in April 2012, but while showing timetables has until recently lacked any real-time tracking of bus services.

This latest release bring the number of Metropolitan Melbourne services traceable in real-time to 54, with more expected before the end of this year.

The release of data for more metropolitan routes will come as welcome news to La Trobe University students, who catch the bus from Kew, Preston or Heidelberg.

Also included are routes between Coburg, Gowrie and Ivanhoe to Northland Shopping Centre in Preston, the specific services covered are routes 526, 527, 548, 549, 550 and 551.

The latest version of the PTV app actually shows a countdown timer for selected services, adding to the excitement as you either rush towards the bus stop or wait patiently in anticipation.

Those they rely on Melbourne buses are encouraged to download the latest version of the smart phone app in order to see these selected services in real-time.

Real-time tracking of these services is also available on desktop computer s and tablets on the PTV website, which also shows real-time information for all trams and the latest service disruption notifications.

Visually impaired bus users have also been considered, as iPhone users can now use voice commands to plan their journey with Apple Maps.

PTV is confident the gradual release of this data will help customers to better plan their journey on the network and also enhance its operational management capabilities and the management of services by individual bus operators.

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