New app for bus users

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The Google journey planner is now available on desktop and smart phone.

A GOOGLE led bus application for ACTION bus users is now available on desktop and smartphone.

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Simon Corbell said the government worked closely with Google to ensure data in the planner tool was reliable and accurate.

The Google journey planner can be accessed from mobiles and desktops to plan point-to-point trips using ACTION bus services.

Smartphones can access the journey planners by using the “Get directions” feature within the maps application provided by Google.

Earlier this year, a group of software developers from Imagine Team, presented their fully developed smart phone application called MyBus to the Government, but was knocked back.

However, Corbell said the new service will allow software developers to access the data and create their own applications.

“Google Transit is a free service provided at no cost to the public,” he said.

“The data that has been supplied to Google will now be made available to the general public allowing software developers to create their own applications for smartphones and websites.

“I have met on a number of occasions with the Imagine Team from the Australian National University and am sure they will welcome the news of access to accurate ACTION service data.”

More information at www.action.act.gov.au.

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