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Melbourne abandons real time bus tracking

By johnboy - 28 October 2013 3

The Age has an interesting story on the Victorians giving up on GPS driven real time tracking of buses.

“Given the age of the technology, the review indicated that progressing with the tracking system in its current format is not cost effective,” a spokeswoman said. “PTV has suspended the rollout of the system and is investigating newer technologies.”

One wonders how this will impact the long awaited and long promised real time bus tracking on the ACTION network.

I had a go on the buses last week and with the google maps integration it was mostly fantastic. The only hiccup was a bus leaving a minute early, but another was along literally two minutes later.

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Melbourne abandons real time bus tracking
gazket 4:52 pm 28 Oct 13

multi million dollars, no wonder it was dropped. Some bored unemployed computer wizz could track a bus with bits from ebay and a app.

JC 4:32 pm 28 Oct 13

Probably zero effect because in Canberra there is one operator, in Melbourne it is all contracted out to multiple companies, thus making it that much harder. Melbourne still has this with their trams which is one company with a fleet about the same if not larger than Action.

ML-585 12:11 pm 28 Oct 13

One wonders how this will impact the long awaited and long promised real time bus tracking on the ACTION network.
Not at all would be my guess. I can’t see how one thing affects the other.

ACTION’s system rollout is well underway, but it’s still in trial mode so faults are to be expected.

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