About Real Time
Real Time Passenger Information
Approximately 500 signs are planned for the Greater Dublin Area and 47 signs for Cork on a phased basis over the next few months. The plan is to expand the system to Galway, Limerick and Waterford during 2012.
Development of TransportforIreland.ie
The National Transport Authority will develop the Transport for Ireland name as a “one stop shop” for public transport information. Alongside real time passenger information, the National Transport Authority has developed a National Intermodal Journey Planner and is delivering Integrated Ticketing – Leap. These services make it easier for public transport users, including visitors to Ireland, to access information on all aspects of travel, such as timetables, real time information and journey planners.
The Transport for Ireland website will continue to develop. Real Time Passenger Information for Bus Éireann in Cork will be expanded and introduced for the other cities as the data is tested. Information for other bus and rail transport operators will follow. The multi-operator, multi-city Real Time Passenger Information service will show all real time information in the one place – it will look similar to that currently under test at www.rtpi.ie. This web service will refresh automatically and will have an associated Application Programming Interface (API).
The same SMS number – 53035 – is used for Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and other public transport services when they join the RTPI system.
Smartphone Apps – Transport for Ireland Apps
The National Transport Authority will provide its services on Smartphone Apps, as they are developed.
Application Programming Interface (API)
The National Transport Authority intends to make an application programming interface available.
Inclusion of More Public Transport Operators
Real Time Passenger Information for Bus Éireann is coming on-stream. The Real Time Passenger Information system is designed to be able to take information from other licensed bus operators, once information for their fleet is available and tested. The National Transport Authority is in discussions with representatives of commercial bus operators and LUAS and Irish Rail in this regard.
Bilingual Real Time Passenger Service
The signs are bilingual. The multi-operator, multi-city web service will be bilingual. This is one of the requirements for developing stage 2 of the web service.