WA BUS APP GETS RIDE-SHARE SAVVY; BUS STOP DAMAGE TARGETED

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: Public Transport Authority (Perth)


A NEW BUS-JOURNEY APP launched in Perth will allow users to track buses in real time and allow the reporting of bus stop damage, with the trial version set to be available to the general public in full next year, the Western Australian Government states.

WA BUS APP GETS RIDE-SHARE SAVVY; BUS STOP DAMAGE TARGETED
A select number of Perth bus passengers are invited to beta test the "next generation" Transperth app.

Labelled as the "new frontier of public transport technology", a select number of Perth bus passengers are invited to beta test the "next generation" Transperth app - which is said to have several new features in addition to the real-time bus tracking - with users going into the draw to win AUD$75 of SmartRider credit.

It will also allow passengers to manage their SmartRider account, travel alerts, SmartParker and bike shelter access, as well as making it easier to save their favourite journeys on the Transperth network, it's claimed.

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SIGN-UP SOUGHT

Transperth is hoping about 5,000 users will visit the Transperth website to sign up to be part of the beta testing group that will provide feedback on the effectiveness of the updated app, it's stated.

The feedback from users will be used to ensure the app's interface is easy to use and any technical issues are identified before it is rolled out to the wider community next year, according to the WA Government.

The new app will also enable passengers to check their SmartRider transaction history, manage subscriptions, report damage to bus stops and register to use bike shelters on the Transperth network.

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Transport Minister Rita Saffioti, said: "This feature of the Transperth app has been in development for a while, but we are determined to get it right and make this as useable as possible."

"Adopting technology like this makes it even more attractive for passengers to adopt public transport.

"We are also working on upgrading Transperth's SmartRider system to cater for future patronage growth expected as part of Metronet and are currently trialling free Wi-Fi on some services," the Minister explained.

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