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Test launch of Green Minibus Real-time Arrival Information System on three Hong Kong Island green minibus routes
     The Transport Department (TD) announced today (December 31) that a test launch of the Green Minibus (GMB) Real-time Arrival Information System is being conducted on three Hong Kong Island GMB routes, namely Nos. 69 (Cyberport - Quarry Bay (Shipyard Lane)), 69A (Cyberport - Aberdeen) and 69X (Cyberport - Causeway Bay (Lockhart Road)), with effect from today to facilitate passengers' trip planning.
     Passengers can check the estimated arrival times of the next three GMBs that will arrive at GMB stops (including the termini and specified en-route stops) of the above routes through the TD's mobile application "HKeMobility". The relevant data will also be released in machine-readable format via Public Sector Information Portal (data.gov.hk) for public use free of charge. Current users of "HKeMobility" have to update the mobile application in order to access the relevant information.
     A spokesman for the TD said, "Opening up data is an important government policy initiative to promote innovation and technological development. At present, major public transport operators have already provided passengers with real-time arrival information. The GMB Real-time Arrival Information System can meet passengers' needs so as to facilitate their commuting and trip planning. It can also enhance the image and competitiveness of the GMB trades."
     The TD has posted publicity materials at the termini and inside the GMB compartments of the GMB routes concerned to inform passengers of the test-launch arrangements. The system contractor will also arrange for service ambassadors to be at the Cyberport and Causeway Bay GMB termini at designated periods to assist passengers in checking the estimated arrival times of the routes concerned through "HKeMobility".
     The TD and the system contractor are closely monitoring the operation of the System. Subject to the system performance, extending the dissemination of real-time arrival information to the first batch of about 70 GMB routes is targeted for March 2021.
     The GMB Real-time Arrival Information System was one of the initiatives promulgated in the Chief Executive's 2018 Policy Address. Apart from facilitating passengers' trip planning, the System also enables GMB operators to make use of the data for fleet management so as to enhance operational efficiency. The TD will extend the dissemination of real-time arrival information to the rest of the GMBs in phases, with a view to achieving full implementation in 2022.
     For details, please visit the TD's website (www.td.gov.hk).
Ends/Thursday, December 31, 2020
Issued at HKT 11:00
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