QLD PT app upgrade

Latest version of the Translink app helps lead the way for QLD public transport passengers

Queensland bus users can now track their journey stop-by-stop and get audio announcements, now the MyTransLink smartphone app has been updated.

Passengers can now receive real-time audible announcements of upcoming stops and stations, which should be especially useful for those with impaired vision or who are new to public transport.

Queensland minister for transport Stirling Hinchliffe says the release of the new real-time trip announcer feature should help South East Queensland and Cairns public transport users to use the network more easily.

"This announcement delivers on our election commitment to drive the roll-out of real-time passenger information on our public transport network and maximise the ways people with a disability or vision impairment are able to use this technology," he says.

"The upgrade is a game-changer for public transport passengers who have a vision impairment, but it will also benefit anyone doesn’t know when to press the bell to get off.

"With real-time information in the palm of your hand you’ll always know where you are - especially if you have a vision impairment or are travelling on unfamiliar services or at night."

Passengers can also still set an alarm on the app to alert them when they are within 400 metres of their stop.

 "Advocacy groups helped us to trial the new app features to better assist people with vision impairments," Queensland minister for disability services Coralee O'Rourke says.

"This upgrade gives more confidence and independence to passengers, as they will know where they are on the network at all times."

The free MyTransLink app has had more than 350,000 downloads and is used by an average of 60,000 travellers every week.

The newly–updated version of the app can be downloaded via the Translink website.

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