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Roll-out of Victoria's NextRide automated bus tracking tech delayed

A BC Transit bus traverses north on Douglas Street through downtown Victoria. BC Transit's live-tracking technology planned for release in late 2018 or early 2019 will not be ready until summer. Citified.ca

Roll-out of Victoria's NextRide automated bus tracking tech delayed
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Transit riders in Victoria will have to wait a little longer for the roll-out of live-tracking bus schedule technology that was slated for release earlier this year.

Known as NextRide, the platform enables transit users to select routes and watch buses traverse those routes in real time on their desktop computer, smartphone or tablet. The technology also allows riders to assess how full a bus is, while bus interiors display electronic bus stop identification signage together with audible location identifiers. Major bus stops will also receive electronic signage identifying bus arrival times.

Already available in Nanaimo, the Comox Valley, Squamish, Whistler, Kamloops and Kelowna, NextRide's launch throughout Greater Victoria's transit system was scheduled last due to the Victoria Regional Transit System's complexity and multiple types of buses.

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Despite being initially estimated for release by late 2018 or early 2019, NextRide in the Capital won't hit the streets until this summer, according to BC Transit's most recent implementation estimate. No specific roll-out date has been identified by BC Transit to pinpoint just when in summer that release will occur.

In December of 2016 BC Transit unveiled plans to introduce real-time tracking technology to several transit systems throughout the province.

The plans are part of a $160-million investment by the federal and provincial governments to make British Columbia’s transit services "smarter and safer" through the installation of security cameras, passenger counters and tracking technology accessible by the public. C

 
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