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Developing innovative public transport information systems

Sector Systems and Planning
By Adapt Technologies and consulting Services Pvt. Ltd.
By base All India
Year 2016

The mode of sharing of buses in Indian cities has been declining over the years. A reason for this is that passengers do not have enough information on bus operations such as bus routes, stops and the expected arrival time. This makes the system unreliable forcing passengers to use private modes of transport. To retain and increase the mode share of buses, it is essential that bus users are provided with real-time, accurate and reliable information on bus operations. To address this need, we’ve invested in the development of an innovative passenger information system that uses Information Technology (IT) based web and mobile applications, using Hyderabad as a case city. Data was collected through flock sourcing and a special app called Routemaster was developed specifically for this purpose. Data collected through the app was later converted to General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) format, the international standard to represent bus operations data. This data collection methodology and the mobile application (available online) can be replicated to generate similar bus information systems in other cities.

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  • Developing innovative public transport information systems
  • The mode share of buses in Indian cities has been declining over the years. A reason for this is that passengers do not have enough information on bus operations such bus routes, stops and the expected arrival time. This makes the system unreliable forcing passengers to use private modes of transport. To retain and increase the mode share of buses, it is essential that bus users are provided with real-time, accurate and reliable information on bus operations. To address this need, we’ve invested in the development of an innovative passenger information system that uses Information Technology (IT) based web and mobile applications, using Hyderabad as a case city. Data was collected through flock sourcing and a special app called Routemaster was developed specifically for this purpose. Data collected through the app was later converted to General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) format, the international standard to represent bus operations data. This data collection methodology and the mobile application (available online) can be replicated to generate similar bus information systems in other cities.

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