Tracking system wanted for Melbourne buses

Deployment will cover up to 1100 vehicles in Victoria and power mobile apps
Tracking system wanted for Melbourne buses

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) is seeking a vendor to provide bus tracking services in Melbourne, according to a request for expression of interest released today.

The requested service will provide real-time tracking of the bus fleet and a daily data file for contract management, and the Victorian department wants to have it fully implemented by June 30 next year.

The data will be used for performance monitoring, contract management, mobile apps, passenger information display systems (PIDS), on-board information and operator fleet management, PTV said.

The initial rollout is for up to 1100 vehicles in Melbourne across 11 depots, but there will be two options for an additional 300 buses each, PTV said.

Each bus already has an active GPS monitor, but PTV said the supplier could alternately replace the unit and use existing wiring and GPS antenna. However, any such work would have to be conducted out of hours or on weekends, it said.

Expressions of interest are due 10 December. PTV said it will award a contract in March.

The New South Wales government made real-time bus information available to mobile developers in December last year. About 8200 stops, more than 1900 buses and almost 1200 routes across the Sydney Bus Network can be tracked.

The Sydney initiative has fuelled several mobile apps, including TripView, Arrivo Sydney and TripGo.

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