Now a mobile app to track buses, provide info on seat availability

  • Atul Mathur, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 14, 2014 23:27 IST

Travelling by public transport is set to get easier in the Capital. The Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) — an agency that consults with the government on transport issues — has come up with a mobile application that will tell you the exact time of arrival of the next bus at a particular stand.

It will also indicate whether the bus is crowded or seats are available.

NextBus, the application, is available on all mobile platforms. The application will initially provide information only on 1200-odd orange-coloured cluster buses run under the brand name of ‘Delhi Transit’. However, it will soon include DTC buses.

According to DIMTS officials, commuters can now plan their journey with the help of NextBus. The application will tell them the exact time of arrival of the next bus along with its route number.

“The most exciting feature of the application is ‘Occupancy Status’. This feature helps commuters know the availability of seats in orange buses which are arriving. Commuters will get to know in advance if the next bus has ‘Seats Available’ or ‘Standing Available’ or if it is ‘Crowded’,” a DIMTS official said. The official said the occupancy status information is relayed real-time to give the correct status to commuters.

Despite the Delhi Government strengthening the fleet of buses in the national capital, frequency and reliability of buses continue to be a major cause of concern. DTC officials claim they follow a timetable and try to maintain the frequency of buses, but commuters complain that buses often fail to turn up at the expected time.

Cluster buses, on the other hand, are better managed, follow a strict timetable and maintain efficiency of more than 95%. While the GPS devices installed in DTC buses have either been stolen or removed, the ones installed in cluster buses send real time status of its location to the central control room to help the centre use that information for the benefit of commuters.

“The NextBus application will also help you with the exact location of the bus. Commuters can share their location with their family and friends using SMS and social media like WhatsApp, Facebook, Gmail, Hangouts, LinkedIn and Skype to keep their family and friends informed about their location,” an official said.

The application also provides information on the estimated fare and the trip distance, estimated travel time and traffic condition on the route.

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