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Bus location "app"

Our busses are satellite tracked (the bus company knows where the bus is).
I’ve suggested (to the bus company) it would be useful to publicise this information by way of a mobile phone application.
DAK if this happens anywhere in the UK?
(I'm thinking in situations where children need to be met from the bus)
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Re: Bus location "app"

Well, if you can get an iCondom app I can't see why there isn't an iBus map!

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Re: Bus location "app"

Something like this http://www.traveline.info/mobile.html
http://www.traveline.info/mobile_nextbuses.html
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Re: Bus location "app"

For London, TFL offers not a bus location but estimated times of arrival for each bus stop - either by SMS or from the Web.
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/termsandconditions/20914.aspx
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Re: Bus location "app"

Good idea, they should implement this across the country.
Our bus service is very irregular, it can often be up to 20 minutes late
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Re: Bus location "app"

Prior to the bus company I'm with now, my previous bus company had tracking devices fitted to their buses...that was seven years ago, it isn't anything new.
However, to be fair, it wasn't to provide a service to passengers, more to keep an eye on their drivers to ensure they weren't parked up somewhere having a snooze, or adjacent to a betting shop watching the racing.
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Re: Bus location "app"

Yep, I use the Bus Tracker app on my iPhone all the time (I live in London).
It's not perfect, but the timings are quite accurate.
So now I can spend longer in the pub and less time waiting for the bus Grin
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When I was a nipper living in a small village the bus service to the local town was very reliable. It came once a week on a Tuesday some time between 10 and 11 am. It gave time for the old folk to stand next to the village store and have natter.
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Re: Bus location "app"

Quote from: gleneagles
Good idea, they should implement this across the country.
Our bus service is very irregular, it can often be up to 20 minutes late
The tracking device is fitted to all arriva buses here but it still doesn't stop them arriving late and the
display goes on to the next bus which should arrive. Sometimes buses arrive within 2 mins of each other
but the arrival board has gone on to the next bus due in 15 mins.
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Re: Bus location "app"

I meant to say in my earlier post 'Bus Checker'.
I've had it before when I've waited for a bus to the station, and thought "20 mins, I may as well walk" and then just after that a bus has passed me.
I assume the GPS wasn't working on that one.
Overall though, it's better than not knowing. So it is good.
TfL are cheeky though, they advertise 'text location x to (mobile shortcode) y' so we can charge you 12p per time. Better to pay 2 quid for a third-party app (which uses hardly any data) and their API to do the same thing.
Bit like when they 'changed' their travel information line from a 020 (7) number to 0843 number a couple of years ago, as obviously an 020 number doesn't make any revenue Angry