South Australia’s new public transport tunnel, the O-Bahn Tunnel Project, will include a series of digital bus stops that will set a new standard for public commuter navigation and comfort.
Recently announced by SA Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan, 27 digital bus stops are being proposed to complete the State’s new $160 Million O-Bahn City Access Project tunnel. The digital signage will display real-time arrivals at the locations targeted along Grenfell and Currie streets. The signs will also provide detailed information about transport routes and popular destinations in the City like Central Market.
Bus stop locations, parking and loading zones in Grenfell and Currie streets will be enhanced to make it easier for bus passengers to access services. Their placement will also work to improve the flow of traffic for other road users.
“Digital bus stops will be a great addition to city streets, upgrading the experience for passengers and improving visual amenity,” Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese said.
“Digital bus stops also support Council’s Smart City Plan and the many initiatives we are rolling out through the city, such as smart parking and smart lighting.”
In addition to the stops being placed along the new bus route, hundreds of suburban bus stops will also be replaced with new digital bus stops. Digital signage providing real-time information about services will also be installed at Paradise and Tea Tree Plaza interchanges for enhanced user convenience.
At a cost of $2.5 million, the digital bus stops and other road improvements will be completed to coincide with the completion of the tunnel project at the end of this year. The O-Bahn City Access Project is a new public bus tunnel that sits between Hackney Road and Grenfell Street.
At a length of 670m, the new tunnel will link priority bus lanes on Hackney Road and Grenfell Street, with the intent to improve travel times and transport reliability. Used by more than 31,000 people every day during the week, this network is Adelaide’s busiest public transport corridor.
It is expected that the O-Bahn City Access Tunnel will also greatly improve travel times for the 79,000 road users who utilise the Inner Ring Route section of the City’s roads.