Real Time info system launched

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A new bus information system is being introduced across Aberdeenshire to help passengers plan better and make public transport a more attractive option.

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.

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 of Aberdeenshire Council’s Bus Information Strategy. Aberdeenshire Provost, Hamish Vernal, launched the RTPI system in Aberdeen.

“I am delighted that Aberdeenshire residents now have access to higher quality bus information than has ever existed before,” he said.

“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. The information can be accessed on the Aberdeenshire Council and Traveline Scotland websites, and using the Traveline Scotland smart phone app.