BC Transit has launched NextRide, its Automatic Vehicle Location technology, in the West Kootenay Transit System. Following several weeks of testing and training, the new technology is now available to BC Transit customers.
NextRide allows customers to see real-time bus locations along routes and identify what predicted arrival times are at any selected stop. Onboard, automated stop announcements call out stops to customers riding the bus, which increases comfort and convenience, while also improving the overall accessibility for many using transit. Through BC Transit, bus location data is provided to mobility providers like Transit App, so customers in the West Kootenay region can track and monitor bus routes using their application of choice. Please note that customers using Google Maps to plan their trips will experience a short delay in the real time data showing up as it takes several weeks for Google to start sharing this information.
What is NextRide?
NextRide is a BC Transit initiative to install AVL technology on buses across the province. This technology already enables customers across seven transit systems on Vancouver Island, Squamish/Whistler and in the Interior to use web browsers and smart mobile devices to see the location of their bus along its route and its predicted arrival time at an identified stop. By downloading the Transit App, customers know exactly when their bus will arrive and allow them to see how full a bus is at any given time.
“Timely transit information helps residents effectively plan their commute to work, school, and other activities. By providing real-time data on bus locations and arrival times for residents, the expansion of the NextRide initiative will help ensure smoother and more timely commutes for British Columbians. Our Government is committed to working with our provincial partners on public transit projects like NextRide, which will improve the quality of life for residents and build more sustainable and accessible communities.”
Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure