ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, has announced that a request for tender has been advertised to supply a real time passenger information system for use on the ACTION bus network.

The new system will follow the progress of ACTION buses on their runs and provide instant information to passengers in relation to their current location and their estimated arrival time at the next stop.

“For the first time in Canberra, people will have access to real time arrival and departure information and instant access to timetables for all ACTION bus services. It is expected that schedules will be available via digital displays installed at selected bus stops, the internet, mobile phones, touch screen displays and on bus visual displays,” the Chief Minister said.

“A total of $12.5 million was allocated in the 2010-11 ACT Budget over three years to allow for the design and roll out of the system and will further improve the delivery of public transport services to the community.”

The request for tender seeks services for the design, supply and installation of the system; the provision of wireless communication for the system; and the development of mobile applications to access the live data

The ACT Government has engaged consultants KEMA Pty Ltd, who have demonstrated experience in the delivery of innovative transport solutions, to manage the implementation of real time passenger information.

“Installation of real time passenger information is expected to commence in mid-2012 with the system becoming fully operational by 2013,” the Chief Minister concluded.

The associated tender documents are now available and can be downloaded by interested businesses via http://www.procurement.act.gov.au/