ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, this month announced that Trapeze Austrics Pty Ltd has been selected as the preferred supplier to design, supply and install ACTION's real time passenger information system.
The new system, which will be known as 'NXTBUS', will track ACTION buses and provide instant information to passengers in relation to their current location and their estimated arrival time at the next stop.
Ms Gallagher said arrival times will be available via digital displays installed at Woden, Civic, Belconnen and Tuggeranong bus stations, as well as via the internet and on-bus visual displays.
According to the government, Trapeze has delivered real time systems in cities including Frankfurt, Hamburg, Zurich, Chicago, Singapore and London. The company has been present in the Australian marketplace since 1995.
"A total of $12.5 million was allocated in the 2010-11 ACT Budget over three years for the design and roll out of the system which will help improve the delivery of public transport services to the community," Ms Gallagher said.
"The funding will enable installation of software, fleet fit out including on-bus visual and audio display systems, bus driver consoles with automated driver route guidance, electronic displays at bus stations showing approaching services and development of a NXTBUS website."
The implementation phase of the project is expected to commence later this month, with the system to be fully commissioned in 2013.