Transperth Making It Easier For People To Use Public Transport

Perth, Australia, November 25, 2011. Transperth, a division of the WA Public Transport Authority (PTA) is implementing a system to allow their contracted bus operators to better manage and deliver services. The introduction of the system will assist the PTA and its operators to improve the services and information they provide to existing passengers, as well as encourage increased patronage of the Transperth bus network.

A Transperth spokesman said the organisation would conduct a 12-month trial, starting early next year, on 80 buses operating out of Perth’s Karrinyup depot.

Vix, an Australian-based company with a large presence in Perth, has had global experience with the technology to be used in the Perth trial.

The WA State Government has recently committed to a significant redevelopment project in the Perth Central Business District (CBD). The project, known as “Perth City Link”, is aimed at improving linkages and reconnecting the city centre with Northbridge, one of Perth’s major cultural and entertainment precincts.

The primary focus of this project is to remove the existing physical barrier created by the “at grade” Fremantle Train Line and replace it with a below ground rail line. A key component of the public transport works includes the construction of a new underground bus station that will both significantly reduce the facility’s footprint and maximise the number of available bus stands, passenger amenities and terminal efficiency.

Real-time vehicle tracking and management on the bus network is critical to the new bus station’s successful operation, and will effective station traffic control and dynamic stand allocation functions.

“We deployed many similar systems successfully throughout the UK,France and recently in Wellington NZ and we are seeing increased patronage of these services and improved operator efficiency as a result.” Said Mr. Steve Gallagher, Vix Technology’s CEO.