The NSW Government has fitted 2000 state-owned buses with a global positioning priority system linked to traffic lights.
The Public Transport Information and Priority System (PTIPS) uses global positioning to locate a bus, calculate its speed of travel, then forecast when it will arrive at the next set of traffic lights.
It then coordinates and alters the timing of the traffic lights to give the bus a green light, and so catch up on any lost time.
According to the NSW Premier, Kristina Keneally, more than 650 sets of traffic lights now have the bus priority system fitted.
The bus priority system is part of the NSW Government’s Strategic Bus Corridor Strategy and its overall $50.2 billion Metropolitan Transport Plan.
According to State Transit, in 2008-2009, there were around 192.8 million passenger boardings – up by 1.5 million over the previous year.