Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – Halifax Transit is pleased to announce the launch of automated stop announcements on select bus routes starting next week, as the next phase of the $43-million transit technology plan implementation.
Beginning on Monday, Dec. 12, automated stop announcements will be introduced on a group of 13 bus routes that operate across the municipality, providing a more user-friendly and accessible transit service to riders. Automated stop announcements will allow riders to know exactly where they are in their commute and when they are approaching their desired stop.
Audio and visual stop announcements will be delivered through interior and exterior speakers, as well as on-board display screens. This service will greatly assist hearing and visually impaired transit users as well as visitors to our region, who will no longer have to rely on the bus operator or other passengers for bus location information during their trip.
This service is initially being rolled out on 13 routes during the pilot phase to allow transit staff to closely monitor the new system’s performance and make any necessary adjustments. Once Halifax Transit is confident the service is operating as expected, it will be activated on all remaining buses early in the new year.
For more information on bus routes that will introduce automated stop announcements on Dec. 12, and frequently asked questions, visit www.halifax.ca/transit/stopannouncements/index.php.