Buses take technology route

A LIVE text and mobile phone ‘App’ for bus users is to be rolled out in Limerick next year, according to Government. Mid-West Minister with responsibility for public and commuter transport, Alan Kelly, said: “We have to make the commuting experience more convenient and we are embracing technology to do that”. More than 500 street signs, and a one-number text service is to be launched across the country for all real-time bus transport.

Minister Kelly added that both iPhone and Android Apps were at an advanced stage and would hit Limerick, Galway, and Waterford next year.
“With the new developments being rolled-out in the coming months, gone will be the days, of staring into the distance wondering when the bus is going to come. Getting real-time information on services removes the stress factor from this,” minister Kelly added.
“We will also be rolling out a one-number text service along with smart-phone app. The idea is that you can text your bus-stop number to a single number and you will then receive a text telling you how long the bus will be”.