Monday February 11, 2013
Mulgoa MP, Tanya Davies has welcomed the announcement that Sydney train commuters will soon have access to real-time information on mobile phones that shows when the next train is coming.
The impending release of transport apps showing up-to-the-minute information about where trains are on the network follows the release late last year of apps showing real-time bus information and the release of Transport for NSW 131500 app which provides up-to-date trip planning details and maps for using train, bus and ferry services across greater metropolitan Sydney.
"Before the introduction of these apps, Sydney public transport apps had been limited to providing published timetables. But – as commuters know only too well – trains and buses often arrive well outside their timetabled sequence." Mrs Davies said.
Transport for NSW will run an "app hot house" on the weekend of February 16 and 17 for developers to work on apps featuring real-time train information.
At first, the Department will release information only for the Sydney suburban stations, with the exception of the station at Waterfall and the Carlingford Line. It intends to extend the coverage later.
“We are keen to improve the customer experience on the rail network and we know that a real time train app will give customers the information they need to make decisions about their journey, all in the palm of their hand,” the Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, said.
"Customers who have long relied on train timetables will soon be able to know what is happening on the system whether they are at home, work or standing on the platform.”
The technology will use GPS markers on stations that will receive information from trains, and then pass it on to the apps.