We’re excited to roll out new solutions that will make your commute a lot easier. Thanks to the installation of vehicle location technology on our entire fleet, we can now track where buses are in real-time.
We’ve added several other technology features, like a new Departures Line, Departures Boards and Bay signs, Automated Stop Announcements and a real-time open data feed, which leverage the vehicle location technology to enhance the rider’s experience.
This advanced technology allows us to monitor our fleet and quickly recognize when we have an issue and work to find a resolution in an effective and timely manner. In the long term, we can analyze information collected from the technology to make improvements to your experience.
Our recent release of real-time data is the latest feature of the new Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) system to be publicly rolled out, and will contribute to Halifax Transit’s goal of improving the customer experience by investing in service quality and reliability.
To learn more about how we’re using technology to improve your experience both right now and in the future, check out our video!
Get real-time information about Halifax Transit buses right in the palm of your hand.
It couldn’t be easier. Bus users can now access real-time information on estimated departure times. This conveniently allows you to plan accordingly, greatly enhancing your transit experience.
The new data release allows organizations such as Google, Microsoft and the digital development community, to incorporate live departure information that will significantly improve public transit information applications.
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Have questions? Find out more at halifax.ca/transit, or by calling 311.
You may have noticed some new technology on our buses lately! We’ve been installing upgrades both on and off our buses to make your commute easier and to serve you better. Now with the touch of a button, bus operators can stay in touch with us, and we can get in touch with them. And thanks to GPS devices that have been installed on every bus, we can keep track of where our fleet is, where there are issues—or potential issues—and we can respond a whole lot quicker.
Learn more by watching this short video!
We’re thrilled to release a beta version of our real-time bus location data to the app development community. The real-time technology on board our fleet means that we’re able to track each and every bus in the network. The departure data we collect will help us with route planning and scheduling, improving the rider experience for everyone.
The real-time open data service is currently in beta release only as we tune the technology to make sure the location data is as accurate as possible. During this test phase, we may need to take the service down temporarily if any issues arise.
We will announce that the data is fully operational once the beta phase is complete, so you can have reliable departures information in the palm of your hand.
Stay tuned to halifax.ca/transit for more updates.
With a goal of making Halifax Transit more accessible for everyone, in December 2016, we launched a pilot phase of automatic stop announcements on several bus routes. These stop announcements help our hearing and visually impaired transit users through audio and visual cues, meaning that riders no longer need to rely on the bus operator or other passengers for information during their trip.
Starting January 30th, we’re excited to announce that all bus routes will be equipped with stop-by-stop voice announcements and digital signs, ensuring that every rider knows where their next stop is.