Screen at stops to say how long your wait will be
Published 04/01/2010 | 05:00
REAL-time information at bus stops will be available by the end of next year to allow customers find out when the next bus is coming.
The entire Dublin Bus fleet will be fitted with a vehicle-tracking system which will allow controllers see where buses are located and if they are being delayed by congestion.
And at the flick of a switch, the information will be displayed at stops across the city so commuters will know how long they must wait for the next bus.
The company plans to have the technology fitted at 1,000 of its busiest stops across the city, and the information will also be available through mobile phones and the internet.
The Automatic Vehicle Location and Control (AVLC) system began trials on Route 123 last October, and is now being used on 110 buses operating from the Summerhill depot.
Once the trial is completed, it will be extended to all vehicles across the city.
Previously Dublin Bus services had been controlled from various depots, but under the new system there will be a central control at the Broadstone depot.
"The initial installation stage of the AVLC system is now complete and the on-bus equipment has been installed on approximately half of the fleet," a spokesman said.
"It allows for real-time information to be relayed to screens at bus stops, allowing customers to ascertain the predicted arrival time of buses at a stop.
"Dublin City Council will deliver the project which will erect display screens at selected locations throughout the city. Bus users will also be able receive predicted arrival time of buses at stops through mobile phones and on the Dublin Bus website."
The information is also to be fed to the city council's traffic-control system to allow for greater bus priority at junctions.