Public transport customers in Port Macquarie-Hastings will soon be able to track the arrival of their bus and get an indication of available seating in real time.
The tracking technology will be installed in around 130 buses starting from late August as part of phase two of the NSW Government's Transport Connected Bus program.
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the technology will make it easier for bus customers to get around by allowing them to track the location of their service, its estimated time of arrival and how many seats are available, all by using the trip planner tool at transportnsw.info and third-party public transport apps.
"It will mean less time waiting at your bus stop and more time at your destination. Parents can even use it to track the progress of their children's school services so they know exactly when to pick them up," Mrs Williams said.
Transport for NSW has partnered with CONSAT Telematics, a global leader in public transport telematics solutions, to deliver the vehicle tracking and passenger counting technology. CONSAT will work with the seven operators who deliver route and school services on behalf of the government.
Port Macquarie has been selected as one of 14 cities in regional NSW to receive this technology as part of phase two.
Operators involved in the Transport Connected Bus Program will be Busways and Linq Buslines.