Queensland’s buses may soon run to a tighter schedule, as the TransLink Transit Authority rolls out a real time passenger information system (RTPIS).
The RTPIS will automatically locate all TransLink-contracted buses and ferries and conduct a real-time comparison of these vehicles’ locations against their schedule. The system is designed to deliver tighter scheduling and ensure vehicles arrive closer to the scheduled time.
The system will also incorporate historical running data and will have the ability to provide predicted arrival and departure times for all vehicles at all stops across the TransLink network.
TransLink is assessing the potential for the RTPIS to add on-vehicle passenger displays, traffic signal pre-emption, automatic connection protection, computer-aided dispatch and interfaces to existing on-vehicle equipment.
According to TransLink documents, the agency has attempted to procure a similar system before.
“Previously TransLink undertook a process under the Real Time Passenger Information System (RTPIS) Project to procure a real-time passenger information system,” the documents read.
“A review of that process found that a rapidly changing technological and business environment meant that the former procurement approach was no longer appropriate and the former project was rescoped.”
TransLink Transit Authority, a Queensland Government entity, is responsible for improving and expanding public transport services across South East Queensland.