Adelaide has welcomed its first digital bus stop. The digital bus stop features digital signage displaying real-time information on the next bus services, allowing bus passengers in the city to see real-time information on when the next bus will arrive.
The bus stop will also display static geographic information including landmarks and street names, as well as directions for linking up to other public transport services of popular destinations.
Real-time arrivals for the digital bus stop are sourced from existing Adelaide Metro real-time data sources.
Already passengers can get detailed door-to-door journey information, check exactly where their train tram or bus is on the network and find out exactly when it will arrive via the metroMATE app. Now they can also get information about when the next service will arrive simply by checking the digital sign at the bus stop.
Lord Mayor Martin Haese announced “We have been pleased to partner with the Government on this initiative which will not only improve services for passengers but will also enhance the look and feel of public transport in our city”.
“It’s the type of technology that sits comfortably alongside all of the Smart City initiatives the City of Adelaide already has in place or is developing. If we want to be known as a truly Smart City, this is precisely the type of public infrastructure we want to see rolled out”.
The digital bus stop is Bus stop W, located on the southern side of Grote Street, next to the Hilton Hotel and near the Central Markets., and is one of the busiest in Adelaide, with 17 routes using this stop, including the free City Loop services.
Another two digital bus stops are planned for the city through this partnership – one at Stop V2 King William Street (west side near Waymouth Street) and one at Stop Z1 King William Road (adjacent Parliament House).
The digital bus stop is a joint Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and City of Adelaide initiative. The system harnesses the state-of-the-art Bluetooth receiver network developed by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to monitor the public transport and road networks in real-time
If the initiative is successful, Adelaide Metro will investigate rolling the signs out further.