Saturday, January 29, 2011

About time

The style of airports and train stations is now coming to a bus stop near you.

The Dublin Bus logo is being replaced by a screen showing how long you have to wait for what used to be described as "the next car". And it's broken down (oops!) by route.

This is the first one I have seen. It is located at Sybil Hill on the Howth Road on Dublin's Northside. It is a great idea.

Now I will know how long I have to wait for the next bus and whether or not I should start walking. I'll get advance warning of the approach of the usual convoys and record their digital progress for posterity. Assuming, of course, that this is realtime stuff and not a mere regurgitation of the aspirational timetable.

Long may it last.

And there's the rub.

Those lovely glass shelters need regular and frequent repair following damage by late night revellers returning from their late night revels. I'd hate to think the new screens would need replacement as often.

So, for now, it's just a matter of staying tuned and waiting for the arrival of one near you.

Update 20/2/20011

You can't really ask for more accuracy than that. Bus due, and by she speeds.

Keep in touch with developments here.


Anonymous said...

That's the thing - is it just another timetable to be ignored, like the paper one. I suppose you'll now have the chance to find out.

Póló said...

Waited there the other day.

First bus, for Portmarnock, showed due and then vanished and didn't turn up.

Second bus, for Newgrove, turned up at the time specified.

Can't report on third bus as I boarded second bus.

Will report further anon.