ALMOST 30 digital bus stops are proposed for the city, and signage has been upgraded at O-Bahn interchanges in preparation for the opening of the $160 million O-Bahn tunnel, SA Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan announced last week.
Digital bus stops displaying real-time arrivals are to be installed at 27 locations on Grenfell and Currie streets, along with signs providing more detailed information about public transport routes and popular destinations such as the Central Market.
Bus stop locations, parking and loading zones in Grenfell and Currie streets are to be enhanced to make it easier for bus passengers to access services, while also improving the flow of traffic for other road users.
Metrocard validators are also being installed at the middle and rear doors of O-Bahn buses for quicker boarding on Adelaide's most popular public transport network.
"Improvements such as allowing passengers to validate at the middle or rear doors of buses will speed up boarding times and reduce the amount of time buses spend stationery at interchanges and bus stops, making these services even more efficient," the Minister said.
The $2.5 million package of improvements is being rolled out to coincide with the completion of the $160 million O-Bahn City Access Project at the end of this year, which involves a dedicated 670-metre tunnel linking priority bus lanes on Hackney Road and Grenfell Street.
Hundreds of suburban bus stops are also scheduled for replacement following the tunnel opening, as well as new digital signage at Paradise and Tea Tree Plaza interchanges providing real-time information about services.
"We're building on our most popular transport network, the O-Bahn, with major infrastructure investments such as the $160 million city tunnel and our $15 million Budget investment to upgrade Park'n'Ride facilities including extra carparks," Mr Mullighan said.
Mr Mullighan said extensive consultation has been undertaken with passengers with accessibility needs and city businesses and residents will receive further information ahead of the changes.