Queensland’s transport goes high tech


You’ll soon be able to track your bus, ferry or train online – anytime.

The real-time tracking system is about to be rolled out across South East Queensland.

Lucy Smith reports.

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The Transport Minister was hands-on today showing off the new GPS units.

It’s a move he says will bring Translink up-to-date with the latest technology and minimal expenditure.

Scott Emerson, Transport Minister: “This is the wonderful thing about technology being changed, that we have a maintenance budget, it’s part of that, it won’t cost us any more beyond that normal budget.”

The real-time tracking is a welcome move for many Queenslanders.

Vox Pop 1: “I think it’d be great, because often the buses aren’t quite on time.”

Vox Pop 2: “Yeah that’d be great, you could see if your bus is on time when you get up in the morning, you could spend another five minutes having your cornflakes or something.”

However, some are concerned about the Transport Minister’s priorities.

Vox pop 3: “I think probably they need to do more bus lanes and stuff, rather than spending money on that.”

The new systems will reach the Sunshine Coast first, and the rest of South-East Queensland should be hooked up by mid-next year.

“Once the upgrades are rolled out, it’ll be a great opportunity for tech-savvy designers to create a new app for the system.”

Lucy Smith, QUT News.