Bus passengers across Aberdeenshire are now able to get Real Time Passenger Information on their smart phones.
The RTPI service was launched in Aberdeen on Monday 25 January by Aberdeenshire Provost, Hamish Vernal, Infrastructure Services Committee Chairman David Aitchison and ISC vice chairman Stephen Smith.
The new Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI) system means bus users can see the actual time buses will arrive at stops, rather than their scheduled arrival. With more accurate and reliable information on bus times, customers will be able to make more informed choices about their travel plans.
The system can be accessed by a mobile phone app and online, so passengers can make decisions while on the move or before heading off to the bus stop. Passengers at any Aberdeenshire bus stop with a timetable case will also be able to use an enabled smartphone to scan the Quick Response (QR) “tag” to access the information.
Accurate times will also be displayed on the Council’s electronic departure information screens, located at principal bus stops across Aberdeenshire.
Providing real time travel information is a key objective in Aberdeenshire Council’s Bus Information Strategy.
Speaking at the RTPI launch Aberdeenshire Provost, Hamish Vernal said
I am delighted that Aberdeenshire residents now have access to higher quality bus information than has ever existed before.
By providing real time departure information we hope to enhance the service provided to our existing customers and improve the perception of public transport among non-bus users to hopefully encourage greater use of the bus service.
The new system tracks the actual location of the bus, comparing this to the scheduled timetable to provide customers with much more reliable information on when a bus will depart from their stop.
Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, David Aitchison, said
This is an important development in public transport in Aberdeenshire and a major step forward in the provision of bus information in the region.
We believe this will be extremely well used by people travelling in our area, allowing them even more confidence when planning a journey by public transport, but also minimising any time wasted standing waiting for a bus which is running late and allowing them to get on with other aspects of their lives.
The RTPI project was developed by Aberdeenshire Council with the software supplier Trapeze Group and in partnership with bus operators, in particular Stagecoach North Scotland, Bain’s Coaches and First Aberdeen.
The Real Time Passenger Information can also be accessed by viewing the Aberdeenshire Council website.
Apps for smart phones can also be downloaded from the Traveline Scotland Website.