BUS passengers can now receive the exact bus arrival times for any bus stop in the West Midlands via text message onto their mobile phones.
Transport authority Centro has just launched a promotion on its “TextTime” service which makes use of satellite navigation systems on board buses to track down their exact location and arrival time. Up until the end of October passengers can try out the service at no charge other than their phone provider’s normal text rate.
Each one of the 12,200 bus stops in the West Midlands has been given a unique eight-digit code printed on the timetable poster which people can text to 84268. They should then receive a message with arrival times for the next buses at their stop.
Anyone with a mobile phone or handheld computer with internet access can also use a specially designed website to obtain the same information. At http://www.netwm.mobi passengers can type in their stop code or name, street name or location to get the information - useful before heading to a bus stop.
Some bus stops already make use of electronic displays which use the same Real Time Information as “TextTime” and “MobiTime”. If the information is not available, scheduled arrival times are sent.