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Live bus locations can now be incorporated into smart phone apps.

The live ACTION bus data feed through the NXTBUS system is now publicly available allowing developers to produce apps so that passengers can track their bus from their smart phone or android device, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.

“ACTION’s new NXTBUS system, which allows people to track bus departure times, has been proving popular with bus passengers since it went fully live in July,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“Refinements have been made to the system over the past few months and the data is now ready to be released. This data tracks the location of buses and how far away they are from the next stop.

“There has been a strong level of interest from developers with 30 registering an expression of interest for the live data feed, including 28 locals.

“Having the live data feed now means they can look to develop mobile phone applications which would provide ACTION passengers with another means of tracking their bus. ACTION will provide a link on their website to any apps that are developed.

“Currently ACTION passengers can access NXTBUS data from the ACTION website or via its direct URL which is NXTBUS website. This real time passenger information can be accessed from mobile phones, laptops, tablets or computers.

“Passengers can get live results for the next 90 minutes. They can also see if the bus is wheelchair accessible and/or equipped with bike racks.

“Nearly 1,300 requests a day are being made for live bus data via the NXTBUS SMS and web services, with over 191,000 requests being made since July.

“In the coming months a subscription service will be launched, allowing you to subscribe to email and/or SMS alerts for your selected route or bus stop.”

For access to the data feed visit action.act.gov.au and complete the online form provided.

Media Release: Shane Rattenbury MLA, 15 December 2014