GPS tracking for regional NSW

Real-time service tracking data to keep regional NSW rail and coach users informed

People who rely on buses and trains can now check the location of their service using a number of free public transport apps in regional New South Wales (NSW).

While Sydney public transport users have had this service for a number of years, this will be the first time regional NSW rail and coach users have had access to it, the NSW Government announced this week.

"The data will be available across eight transport apps, providing regional customers with the most up to date information currently available, with train updates recorded every 30 seconds and coach services every few minutes," NSW minister for transport and infrastructure Andrew Constance says.

"For the first time regional customers will have access to the same information about their services as our metropolitan customers, and as Future Transport progresses, there will be more improvements on the horizon for regional customers."

The NSW Government is investing heavily in information technology and has now made its public transport service tracking data publicly available to app developers worldwide.

"By using the real-time apps, customers will know when to leave home or work to get to the station or stop, and those meeting-up with different transport modes will be able to use real-time information to plan their entire trip door to door," Constance says.

NSW TrainLink patrons can access real-time information for the majority of regional train and coach services including those servicing the South Coast, Blue Mountains, Hunter and Southern Highlands lines.

There are now several apps that can be used to access NSW public transport data including TripView, NextThere and Moovit.

Three million of these have been downloaded in NSW since the data became available, with about 90 million requests for timetable data each month.

Constance is confident the public release of this data to developers is a step in the right direction.

"Including regional data on the transport apps demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to improving public transport services right across NSW."

Real-time data will become available via other global public transport apps throughout this year and beyond, under the NSW Government’s Future Transport program.

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