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Information panels soon at 2,500 city bus shelters

In a few months from now, you will know the exact time the bus you are waiting for is going to take to reach your bus stop.

delhi Updated: May 25, 2011 01:10 IST
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In a few months from now, you will know the exact time the bus you are waiting for is going to take to reach your bus stop.

You will also be able to access that information at the click of the mouse and on sending a text message to a centralised number.

Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) will install digital public information system (PIS) display boards at each of its 2,500 Bus Q shelters in the next few months.

"We have already signed an agreement for 500 PIS, which will be installed in the New Delhi area in the next couple of months. In a few more months, there will be PIS display boards across the city," Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh said.

The display boards at each bus shelter will also have a brief route specified along with the route number of buses that halt at that bus stop.

Senior transport officials said the facility has been available along the 5.8-kilometre Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor for almost three years now.

"We are replicating the same system in the rest of the city. All the buses are now fitted with the global positioning system (GPS), which provides the exact location of the bus. With the bus schedule in place, we can now estimate the time a bus would take to reach a particular bus stop and transmit data in real time," a senior transport department official said.

With the number of buses in DTC's fleet touching almost 6,300, senior DTC officials said their focus now is to provide a reliable bus service to the residents of Delhi, which is also integrated with the Metro system.

"On the lines of the public transport system abroad, all buses that touch Metro stations will have monograms specifying it. There would be the same monogram along with the bus route number at each of the Bus Q shelters in Delhi," Singh said.

"We have asked Delhi Metro and the DTC to identify the bus routes that touch metro stations and make necessary changes on display boards at each bus shelter across the Capital. The changes shall be made in the next two months," Singh said.

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