New Tech Makes Planning Bega Valley Bus Trips Easier

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The Bega Valley has become a regional leader with new technology now up and running to help customers track the arrival of their bus and get an indication of available seating in real time.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the technology is now on 52 buses across the Bega Valley region as part of the first phase of the Transport Connected Bus Program.

“Using https://clicktime.symantec.com/3tvBqDppa7uphyQpeEoaBK7Vc?u=www.transportnsw.info or a third-party transport app, customers are now able to track the location of a bus, its estimated arrival at a stop, and how full the bus is, which means less time waiting at the stop and more time at your destination,” Mr Toole said.

“The launch of this technology builds upon our vision to help make public transport a first choice for people living in the regions.”

Member for Bega Andrew Constance said four different operators are now using the technology, providing 68 service routes across the Bega Valley.

“With the new technology being rolled out across other regional centres, the Bega Valley is already up and running as one of three regional centres state wide leading the charge on real-time tracking,” Mr Constance said.

“For customers, this will mean better trip planning as they will have access to data showing the bus location on its route and an indication of the capacity.

“The NSW Government is committed to delivering quality public transport and transport infrastructure and technology to regional NSW.”

The four local operators using the new technology are Sapphire Coast Buslines, Bega Valley Coaches, Beresford Buses and Scarlett Buses.

Managing Director of Sapphire Coast Buslines Jamie Klemm said the new technology was already making a difference locally.

“Our company recently developed a Flexibus App for demand responsive services and the take up exceeded our expectations. Similarly, through the pre-launch trials of this new bus tracking and passenger technology, we estimate a five per cent pick up already, and expect that to grow rapidly now it has been launched,” Ms Klemm said.

There are about 30,000 customer bus trips per year in the Bega Valley area.

Customers travelling in regional NSW will be able to learn more about viewing reliable timetable information and real-time updates via the Transport for NSW Trip Planner tool at https://clicktime.symantec.com/3tvBqDppa7uphyQpeEoaBK7Vc?u=www.transportnsw.info and other travel apps.