Let’s get digital – Bus passengers checking times on their smartphones

Transport for London (TfL) announced some time ago that Londoners will be able to find out exactly when their next bus is due by using their mobile phone or the internet.  Brand new Countdown signs will also provide bus arrival time predictions at 2,500 key stops across the Capital.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “This terrific technology means anyone with a mobile or internet connection will be able to get up to the minute information about London’s buses as they work their way around the Capital.  Londoners will be able to find out exactly when their bus is due to arrive at their stop before they have even stepped outside their front door.”

Three contracts to develop and deliver these improvements have been awarded to telent, ACIS and Trueform.  Mobile and web information should be available in 2011, with the roll out of new Countdown signs following.

Clare Kavanagh, London Buses’ Director of Performance, said: “These improvements will mean you’ll never have to run for a bus again – with accurate, reliable information on bus services at your fingertips, you’ll be able to find out exactly when the next bus is due to arrive at your stop.

“This builds on the success of iBus, which already provides on board journey information on every bus in the fleet, and it demonstrates our commitment to using the latest technology to make the bus service even easier to use.”

[Editors note: It seems that the first part of the plan should be with us well before Christmas – this is the times being available on your smartphone and on the Internet.]

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