The Bus Initiatives project covers four key areas:
• Issue 1 - Potential for alternative fuels
• Issue 2 – Bus Vehicle Standards
• Issue 3 – Value for Money
• Issue 4 – Infrastructure Standards
The Bustracker project was developed by City of Edinburgh Council and Lothian Buses from 2002 with the aim of providing accurate and reliable real-time passenger information for bus services across the City.
The state-of-the-art system uses a satellite tracking system to display minute-by-minute updates of bus times at stops across Edinburgh.
To access Bustracker and find out more about bus services in your area, click here
SEStran has built upon the success of this project by extending it into East and Midlothian.
Bustracker passenger information displays have now gone live at 13 sites in East Lothian and 40 sites in Midlothian.
To find out more about the extension of bustracker in Midlothian and East Lothian, click here
The delivery of the system is now well underway with the completion of a Joint Design Exercise and Factory Acceptance Testing in January 2012 which included the active participation of the bus operators and the system supplier Ineo.
Pilot Testing of the system will begin in June 2012 with eight First buses and six Stagecoach buses equipped to take part in the tests. On successful completion the roll out of equipping the buses will begin.
Bus operators First Scotland East and Stagecoach have signed a legal agreement with SEStran for data sharing and a financial contribution to the ongoing system maintenance and an income stream from this will begin to appear next financial year.
The RTPI project continues to be scaleable should further funding become available.
Alex Macaulay made a presentation to West Lothian Council on 18th October 2011, in which he outlined the benefits the project will bring to communities across the region.
The presentation can be viewed here
One-Ticket offers "unlimited" travel by bus and train across east-central Scotland.
Information about One-Ticket can be found at the following website address www.one-ticket.co.uk
SEStran has developed the Thistle Asistance Card to make using public transport easier for older people or those with disabilities or illness.
The card, which is supported by a wide variety of voluntary organisations in South East Scotland and by most bus operators, is credit-card sized and comes with a supply of peel-off stickers, which advise the driver of your disability and the help you need in an easy-to-read format.
Following the success and popularity of the card, SEStran is making the design files available to appropriate local authorities at no charge, so that these can be used as a template for the production of similar access cards throughout the country.
The files will be made available to bone fide public authorities only. Private individuals and commercial organisations are not eligible
To find out more about this scheme, please click on the link below.Click for more information