Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 31 March 2011) . . Page.. 1277 ..
Questions without notice taken on notice
ACTION bus service—data
Mr STANHOPE (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Le Couteur on Thursday, 17 February 2011): Territory and Municipal Services is currently confirming the accuracy of existing bus route data for use in a journey planner web application. This information will be made available for public use later in the year.
In terms of the detail around real-time bus locations, the project specifications for the Real-Time Information project are still in the process of being scoped. I have requested, however, that any data that can be made public will be made public.
Mr STANHOPE (in reply to a question by Ms Bresnan on Thursday, 17 February 2011): I apologise for the delay in responding to you.
I understand you were briefed on this matter by departmental officials on 21 March 2011. As explained to you at the briefing the Department of Territory and Municipal Services is progressing projects to provide better information to bus passengers, including the development of a web based journey planner, they are not currently developing a smart phone application.
The Government provided $12.5m in this year’s budget for the development of real-time information for ACTION services. Part of this project will consider how information systems, including smart phone applications can be used to improve information for Canberra bus passengers. The first phase of this project is to research and consider the applicability of all modern methods of providing information to bus passengers and then implement recommended systems over the next three years.
In the interim, TAMS will continue to work with Google Transit on development of a web based journey planner which is expected to be available within the next few months. Once the bus route planning data the Google transit system is based on has been verified, this data can be made available for public use, subject to usual conditions of use arrangements.
Mr STANHOPE (in reply to a question by Ms Le Couteur on Wednesday, 9 March 2011): The development of a new ACT Road Safety Strategy for 2011-2020 has included analysis of national and international best practice.
TAMS participates in forums such as the National Road Safety Executive Group and the Austroads Safety Task Force, which provide a mechanism whereby the ACT can learn from national and international best practice. In addition, officers of TAMS have had the opportunity through a Churchill Fellowship and Austroads Study Tour to visit best practice countries, including the Netherlands, and meet with road safety experts.