Bus tracking system and real time bus data
A bus tracking system is the means of locating the position of a bus on its route in ‘real-time’. Data collected by the system is fed into a number of devices to provide information to customers and public transport operators about the location of the bus.
Real-time bus data, which comes from the bus tracking system, shows the expected time in minutes from the point of display until the arrival of the relevant bus.
Customers can view this anticipated arrival time at a location via the PTV App, website or, where available on the Public Information Display System (PIDS) at the bus stop.
Given the size of the bus network in Victoria, the roll-out of real time information is being phased. Routes that carry the highest volume of customers, such as the SmartBus routes, are being rolled out first.
Further routes are then being progressively rolled out.
Real time information for Melbourne
The following is a timeline of the release of real-time information to metropolitan Melbourne.
May 2015 to December 2015
From May 2015 to December 2015, all metropolitan bus routes were released as real time information in Melbourne.
Real time information for regional Victoria
Bendigo is the first regional centre to get real time service information for buses, with real time information introduced on 26 June 2016.
The Geelong bus network began offering real time information on 15 February 2017.
On 26 May 2017, real time information began for the Ballarat bus network.
Real time information was released for Drouin, Latrobe Valley and Warragul on 10 October 2017.
Please note that for Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong, there is currently no real time information for Night Coach services from Melbourne.
Work is ongoing to offer real time information for other bus routes across regional Victoria.
Using real time bus data
Real time bus data is also available as part of the PTV Timetable API.