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TfL trials latest digital technology to further improve bus passenger experience

Industry news  •  5 August 2014  •  Transport for London

Bus passengers will now be able to shop, surf, post and tweet, as Transport for London begins a trial of free WiFi on two buses operating in the capital…

TfL’s live bus arrival data helps keep millions of Londoners moving every day

Industry news  •  11 June 2014  •  Transport for London

Transport for London’s live bus information API data feed, a free open data resource that currently powers over 60 of the most popular smart phone bus travel apps, is two years old…

Latest digital technology utilised to make millions of bus passengers’ journeys easier

Industry news  •  16 April 2014  •  Transport for London

Transport for London announced a range of customer information improvements for bus passengers aimed at helping Londoners and visitors to the city get around the capital’s extensive bus network more easily…

TfL launches Countdown Digital Sign service – offering real time bus arrival information in public spaces

Industry news, News  •  31 May 2013  •  Transport for London

Transport for London has launched a new Countdown Digital Sign service…

Real time digital bus information proves a hit with Londoners

Industry news, News  •  1 December 2011  •  Transport for London (TfL)

Over 10,000 requests a day for bus arrival information via text…

The iBus system – serving as the backbone for London’s bus network

Issue 2 2009, Past issues  •  30 April 2009  •  Simon Reed, iBus Project Director, TfL

The transformation of the London bus network in recent years is a great public transport success story. Over the last decade, bus patronage in London has increased by 53%. Every weekday, over 8,000 buses run on almost 700 routes, carrying 6.4 million passengers and well over 2 billion trips are made on London’s buses annually – more than on the London Underground and the entire UK rail networks combined.

As the bus network has grown, so have the demands placed upon it. Passenger expectations have risen – today’s London bus passenger demands reliable, accessible services and effective journey information. The previous London bus radio communications and vehicle location system, designed for a much smaller bus fleet, could not cope with the continued development and expansion of the network – a new system was needed that provided more effective monitoring of bus services and better radio communication with drivers.

The iBus project

Issue 4 2006, Past issues  •  6 December 2006  •  Simon Reed, iBus Project Director, Transport for London (TfL)

In common with many world-class cities London faces transport and traffic challenges. London needs to move its workforce and visitors and respond to growth and demographic changes fuelled by the success of the city. London’s bus network, one of the largest and most comprehensive urban transport systems in the world, is facing up to these challenges with a significant investment in a new AVL, radio and RTPI platform know as ‘iBus’ – a key part of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy.

To get a feel for the size of the London bus network compare it with the London Underground network with its prescribed 12-line, 275-station system. London’s bus network however has 700 routes and 17,500 bus stops operating on roads in a City that has developed over 700 years. It has to deal with daily road closures, accidents and incidents and still provide an essential service to London’s population.