Nanaimo buses will be the first to launch NextRide technology. BLACK PRESS FILE PHOTO

Nanaimo buses will be the first to launch NextRide technology. BLACK PRESS FILE PHOTO

Nanaimo buses first to get new technology

NextRide technology will help riders pinpoint where buses are and predicted arrival times

Nanaimo transit takers can find out where buses are and when they’re predicted to arrive with new real-time technology.

Nanaimo will be the first of seven B.C. communities to get NextRide, technology that uses automatic vehicle location to give people real-time information like the location of buses.

B.C. Transit announced today that Nanaimo will see the full launch of services in May, followed by the Comox Valley in June, then Squamish, Whistler, Kamloops, Kelowna and Victoria.

The new features are designed to make B.C. Transit accessible to all users, a press release says.

Brandon Miller, the regional district’s superintendent of fleet and transit service delivery, calls it a huge upgrade and one that will make a huge difference.

Instead of having to turn to a rider’s guide or the website for static schedules, riders will be able to use web browsers or mobile devices to see where their bus is and when the next one is coming. For the first time people will also see and hear on-board announcements as they near the next stop, and a number of stops in the region, including Vancouver Island University, Woodgrove and Ravensong in Qualicum, will get digital screens with scrolling information about the next buses arriving, their routes and run numbers.

The district also expects to get real-time data, with the help of automated people counters on the bus, to help with planning and scheduling future services. It’s all part of the Smart Bus Project.

“It’s been a process that’s been in the works for quite awhile,” said Miller. “We’re extremely excited to be launching this and our service is going to be much better for it, for sure.”

Funding for the project comes from the public infrastructure fund, announced in 2016 by the federal and provincial governments.

B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure said in a press release that the service upgrades will be hugely helpful for people who already ride the bus and a great incentive for more people to start.

“We are committed to making B.C. Transit service more convenient and accessible, and I expect transit users will be thrilled with these improvements,” she said.

Manuel Achadinha, B.C. Transit president and chief executive officer, said the new technology will help improve the efficiency of its services and customers’ overall transit experience.

Nanaimo’s buses are being outfitted now to gear up for a May 23 launch.



news@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vancouver Island Symphony conductor Pierre Simard is releasing his new synthwave album ‘Plandemic’ on March 5. (Photo courtesy Olivia Simard)
Vancouver Island Symphony conductor releasing side-project EP of electronic music

Pierre Simard, recording as Plan Omega, presents ‘Plandemic’

Two women were arrested in Nanaimo for refusing to wear masks and causing disturbance on a B.C. Ferries vessel. (File photo)
Nanaimo ferry passengers who refused to wear masks and caused disturbance fined $460 each

Incident happened Sunday, Feb. 21, aboard the Queen of Cowichan

Beef to the woman walking two dogs that attacked my two small chihuahua dogs along Estevan Road. I was dragged down the embankment with my dogs. All three of us were pinned against the fence by your dogs with no escape route. Your dogs were on retractable leashes that were not appropriate for their size and weight and you had no control over them at all.
Beefs & Bouquets, Feb. 24

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com

The Port of Nanaimo has signed a 50-year-agreement with DP World around short-sea shipping operations at Duke Point Terminal. (News Bulletin file photo)
Port of Nanaimo and DP World sign 50-year shipping operations agreement

Lease agreement ‘important first step’ in $105-million Duke Point expansion project

A Nanaimo RCMP vehicle in the Woodgrove Centre parking lot. (News Bulletin file photo)
Woman groped by stranger in mall parking lot in Nanaimo

Incident happened near bus loop Saturday, Feb. 20, at about 4:45 p.m.

Dr. Bonnie Henry talk about the next steps in B.C.'s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
456 new COVID-19 cases in B.C., 2 deaths

Since January 2020, 78,278 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in B.C.

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Vaccinating essential workers before seniors in B.C. could save lives: experts

A new study says the switch could also save up to $230 million in provincial health-care costs

(Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. residents can reserve provincial camp sites starting March 8

B.C. residents get priority access to camping reservations in province

Nanaimo’s Joanne Secord is a quarterfinalist in Inked Magazine’s Cover Model Search contest. (Janayh Wright Photography)
50-year-old Nanaimo mom hopes her tattoos will earn her a magazine cover shoot

Joanne Secord on cusp of semifinals in Inked Magazine contest

Nanaimo Courthouse. (News Bulletin file photo)
Motorist sentenced to two years for dangerous driving causing death on Gabriola Island

William Goosman pleaded guilty last fall in connection with incident that killed Jay Dearman

According to a new poll, a majority of Canadians want to see illicit drugs decriminalized. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Majority of Canadians think it’s high time to decriminalize illicit drugs: poll

More than two-times the B.C. residents know someone who died from an overdose compared to rest of Canada

The late Michael Gregory, 57, is accused of sexually exploiting six junior high students between 1999 and 2005. (Pixabay)
Former Alberta teacher accused of sexually assaulting students found dead in B.C.

Mounties say Michael Gregory’s death has been deemed ‘non-suspicious’

Photograph By @KAYLAXANDERSON
VIDEO: Lynx grabs lunch in Kamloops

A lynx surprises a group of ducks and picks one off for lunch

Most Read