Bustracker trials go well for SEStran

#73 Selkirk bus.
#73 Selkirk bus.

Bustracker, SEStran’s innovative web-based real-time passenger information system, has been awarded gold in the Local Authority Bus Project of the Year catagory, at the National Bus Awards.

The project, which went live in April 2014, uses advanced computer technology to provide live information on bus services throughout south-east Scotland.

The system, which is accessible via the internet and a free smartphone app (“SEStranbus”, available from the I-Phone App store and Google Play store), is fully compatible with Edinburgh’s existing RTPI system. Now, for the first time, passengers living outside the city have access to up-to-the-minute information on local services.

Initially, bustrackerSEStran has been installed on more than 300 vehicles operating on selected First Scotland East and Stagecoach services throughout East Lothian, Borders, Fife and West Lothian, and services between Dumfries & Galloway and the Borders.

SEStran chair Russell Imrie said: “SEStran are delighted to receive this award. We believe that all bus passengers living in south-east Scotland are entitled to expect a high-quality service.

“We plan to extend the system to include more vehicles through time, and ensure that everyone in the region has access to a 21st-century bus service.”

Mr Imrie added: “Our aim is to build a sustainable transportation system that will make public transport the mode of choice for most journeys.”