The Premier of Western Australia, Colin Barnett, opened the new Perth Busport on 13 July 2016. The Busport utilises critical technology delivered by Downer which enables up to 1,400 bus transfers each day.
Downer was awarded the contract in 2015 to design, build and install two new high-tech systems that provide the technology infrastructure to support the new Perth Busport.
The two new systems are the Real-Time Tracking System (RTTS) and Dynamic Stand Management System (DSMS). These provide a range of services including:
Directing bus drivers on their journey;
Managing traffic priority at major intersections; and
Enabling passengers to track the real-time movements of their bus via mobile Apps.
The DSMS system is one of the first systems of its kind worldwide and the new Perth Busport is a first for Australia. Each bus is allocated to one of sixteen stands on arrival and the information is communicated to passengers via large electronic screens in the air-conditioned passenger lounge.
“This project awarded to Downer by the WA PTA follows a long-standing relationship on delivering technical solutions to our valued customers. Similar high-tech services include the successful roll-out of Transperth’s SmartRider ticketing system in 2007 and the Integrated Ticket Vending Machines deployed in 2008, as well as ongoing management and maintenance of these.
The photo below shows some of the team members with Brendan Petersen, CEO EC&M at the official opening.