Up-to-date location tracking information will now be available for Perth commuters waiting for their bus to arrive.
Installed outside the City of Perth’s Council House, bus stop 10128 on St Georges Terrace is the first of six new information cubes to be upgraded to include a digital display in a trial program.
Each InfoCube will continue to show printed details about which routes use the bus stop and timetable information, but will now also incorporate a digital display that uses GPS tracking technology installed on the bus to show real time arrival information for all services using the stop – updated every 15 seconds.
The digital display can also be used to display real-time messages on any unexpected delays encountered due to issues like unusual levels of traffic congestion and road works.
Vision impaired commuters will also be able to push a button – outlined in braille – to have the arrival information read to them.
Each smart bus stop has a low power requirement and will be connected to solar power where possible, providing its own independent power supply.
The new displays will be installed in high-traffic locations around Perth’s CBD.
The first digital bus stop display was developed and funded by the Western Australia Public Transport Authority (PTA) and the next six stops will be funded by the City of Perth.
The PTA is developing a similar trial for the upgrade of the Perth CAT bus service stops, which will see a further seven digital displays installed on the Perth CAT bus routes in early 2022.
A wider planned rollout of the technology will be considered subject to the results of the trials.
Western Australia Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti, said, “This is an exciting digital upgrade to our bus stop infrastructure, which will now provide real-time updates of bus arrival times on regular timetabled bus services, something Perth CAT bus service and train users have enjoyed for many years.
“This type of technological upgrade is also an important step forward in having more inclusive infrastructure that is usable and accessible by those who are vision impaired.
“The addition of these bus stops represents an exciting improvement for Transperth bus patrons, so that they know exactly when the next service is arriving.”