An end to printed timeta­bles for bus

Waihi Leader - - News -

New tech­nol­ogy could spell the end to printed bus timeta­bles.

The num­bers don’t lie — ac­cord­ing to Bay of Plenty Re­gional Coun­cil — and the days of the printed bus timetable ap­pear to be num­bered.

As the Re­gional Coun­cil pre­pares to roll out its new Tau­ranga and West­ern Bay bus net­work on De­cem­ber 10, it has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing how peo­ple find out which bus to take and it’s shown a dra­matic shift to on­line tools in the past few months.

Pub­lic Trans­port com­mit­tee Chair­man Coun­cil­lor Lyall Thurston says since July 2014 nearly

119,000 timeta­bles had been printed, but in the past seven months more than 400,000 ses­sions have been recorded on the mo­bile Tran­sit App, putting real-time in­for­ma­tion into the hands of peo­ple and their mo­bile phones.

“The app al­lows cus­tomers to see the next buses ar­riv­ing at the lo­ca­tion, set a favourite route num­ber, track their bus as it ap­proaches and plan their trip in real-time,” Cr Thurston says. “This new tech­nol­ogy is all about en­hanc­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence and pro­vid­ing a more re­li­able and ef­fi­cient ser­vice.”

Bay­hop­per cus­tomers can now also plan their jour­ney thanks to up­dated Google Maps tech­nol­ogy via the Bay­bus web­site.

The maps show a de­par­ture board for each bus stop, with real-time in­for­ma­tion as well as routes and timeta­bles.

Printed timeta­bles will still be avail­able for users — with 8000 printed for the launch of the new net­work.

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