Thursday, February 09, 2012

Real time info on way for Co Meath bus passengers

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has welcomed confirmation from the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, that real time passenger information (RTPI) is to be installed at bus stops in Co Meath towns.

“This is great news for commuters in Co Meath. Minister Varadkar has confirmed that RTPI signs will be installed at bus stops in Ratoath, Ashbourne, Dunshaughlin, Kells, Meath, Navan, and Trim. It’s hoped they will be operational by the summer.

“Having real time information at bus stops will be hugely convenient for customers. It means that instead of waiting at the side of the road with no idea of when your bus is going to arrive, you will know exactly when the next service is due.

“The RTPI system has been successfully rolled out across the Dublin Bus network in recent months, with positive feedback from customers. Bus √Čireann will make up the majority of the services on the Co. Meath signs and I understand that the company has been working intensively with the National Transport Authority on the technical aspects of the scheme.

“This scheme is all about making public transport more efficient and more attractive. It helps to ensure that customers are getting the best service possible, and it will hopefully encourage more people to leave the car at home and take the bus.

“Work is now underway to identify the stops where signs will be installed; this will be followed by the necessary civil engineering and electrical works. I know commuters in Ratoath and across Co. Meath will welcome the benefits provided by this new service.”

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