DUBLIN BUS has launched a new service which allows people to check the time of the next bus via an iPhone app, text message and a new website.
The service covers all 5,ooo Dublin Bus stops. Each stop has a unique identification number which passengers can use to track the arrival of the next bus to that stop.
The arrival information can be reached on transportforireland.ie or dublinbus.ie/rtpi and the free iPhone app is available via the App Store. An Android version will be available from the end of November.
For bus arrival details by text, send a message with the bus stop number (found under the Dublin Bus logo on the top of stops and shelters) or the route number to 53035. Texts cost 30 cent per message received, though network operator charges may also apply.
The initiative comes from the National Transport Authority, with technical assistance from Dublin City Council.
Real time on-street electronic signs are being rolled out across Dublin, with 270 already in place, and are also tested in Cork. They are due to launch in Galway, Limerick and Waterford next year.
Bus Éireann is due to launch a similar real time passenger information system early next year and the National Transport Authority says that information for other bus and rail providers will follow.
Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport Alan Kelly said that the new technology “forms part of government policy for the better integration of transport systems”.
“Providing more user friendly and accurate travel information is a key element of our policy,” Kelly said.
Meanwhile, National Transport Authority CEO Gerry Murphy said the organised is “very pleased to have developed” the service, adding:
We are working with Bus Éireann, Irish Rail, Luas and private bus operators to join the Transport for Ireland service, to offer a truly integrated information system for users.
We will bring all strands of public transport information together into one readily accessible system whereby everyone nationwide will be able to access and plan their journeys including real time arrival information through a single site: TransportforIreland.ie.