Real Time Ireland app integrates national transport services

27 Jun 2013

Screenshots of the Real Time Ireland app

A new app that integrates real-time arrival information for Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus, Irish Rail, DART and Luas all in one place, the Real Time Ireland app, is now available for free, for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Ireland’s National Transport Authority launched the new app yesterday.

“The Real Time Ireland app makes it easier for people to check when a Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann, DART, Train or Luas is due – in one convenient service. And this isn’t a Dublin-only service – it’s nationwide,” said Gerry Murphy, CEO of the National Transport Authority.

The Real Time Ireland app allows users to set alerts to inform them when their bus is 10 minutes, or 20 minutes or 30 minutes away from a certain bus stop, and can also inform users when they are approaching a particular bus stop (GPS-dependent).

The app shows combined transport updates from Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann, Luas, DART and Irish Rail.

Murphy added that combining live information services across several transport operators is a complex process. The National Transport Authority developed the app in partnership with Dublin City Council and together they worked with transport companies and local authorities.

Public Transport Minister, Alan Kelly, TD, has welcomed the development of the app, and said transport users now have all the real-time travel information available in Ireland “literally at the touch of a button”.

“As minister, I have been extremely keen to embrace new technology to improve the transport experience and this app is yet another example of this being done,” Kelly added.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic