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22 August 2016

GO GEORGE passengers delighted about timetables and maps at bus stops

GO GEORGE has started putting up pole collar stickers displaying route maps and timetables at the transfer bus stops this week. This follows the finalisation of the current bus routes after months of refining and improving routes and schedules to suit passengers’ needs.

 “Of course it would have been a whole lot easier for everybody if we could have had this from the start, but the system has only recently reached the level of stability where we feel comfortable to spend money on the design and printing of pole collar stickers,” says James Robb, GO GEORGE Manager.

According to Robb, each bus stop has its own unique set of stickers, displaying the timetables and route maps of only those routes that stop there.  On the one side is a line map of the routes stopping at that particular stop, and a system map giving the passenger an overview of where the different routes run and where they can transfer between routes to reach their destination. A red arrow on both maps indicates that particular bus stop (“You are here”).

The other side of the pole collar shows the complete timetables for all the routes that stop at that specific bus stop, with enough information to calculate when the next bus should arrive. Instructions on how to read and interpret the tables are included and easy to follow.

The timetables and route maps have always been available on the GO GEORGE website, but having them available for everyone to see right at the bus stop, will enable passengers to plan their bus trips better, and even to have an estimated time of arrival of the next bus.

The busy transfer stops are the first to get their pole collars, with the rest to follow soon. 

 “As the system rolls out to the remaining areas of town, we’ll follow the same procedure of first streamlining and refining those routes, and then finish it off with pole collar information when ready,” says Robb.

In the photograph two delighted GO GEORGE passengers finding their way on the new pole collars at the Beach A bus stop in Pacaltsdorp. Sarah Sparks from Europe and Eden Kissan from Harmony Park say it was easy to calculate when the next bus will arrive, following the simple instructions on the pole collar sticker.

 

GO GEORGE-passasiers juig oor roosters en kaarte by bushaltes
 

GO GEORGE het vandeesweek begin met die oprig van paalplakkers met roetekaarte en tydroosters by die oorklimbushaltes. Dit volg op die finalisering van die huidige busroetes ná maande van verfyning en verbetering van roetes en skedules om by passasiers se behoeftes aan te pas.

“Natuurlik sou dit vir almal baie makliker gewees het as ons hierdie inligting van die begin af ten toon kon stel, maar die stelsel het onlangs eers die vlak van stabiliteit bereik waar ons gemaklik voel om geld te spandeer op die ontwerp en druk van paalplakkers,” sê James Robb, GO GEORGE-bestuurder.

Volgens Robb het elke bushalte sy eie stel plakkers wat slegs die tydrooster en roetekaarte van roetes wat by daardie halte stop, toon. Aan die een kant is ‘n lynkaart van die roetes wat by daardie bepaalde halte stop, en ‘n stelselkaart wat die passasier ‘n oorsig gee van waar die verskilende roetes loop en waar hulle kan oorklim tussen roetes om hul bestemming te bereik. ‘n Rooi pyl op albei kaarte dui die bepaalde bushalte aan (“You are here”).

Die ander kant van die paalplakker toon die volledige tydroosters vir al die roetes wat by daardie bushalte stop, asook genoeg inligting om die benaderde tyd wanneer die volgende bus behoort te arriveer, te bereken. Hier is ook maklik verstaanbare aanwysings van hoe om die tydroosters te lees en te vertolk.

Tydroosters en roetekaarte was nog altyd beskikbaar op die GO GEORGE-webblad, maar om hulle nou beskikbaar te hê by die bushalte waar almal dit kan sien, sal passasiers in staat stel om hul ritte beter te beplan, en selfs om ‘n aanduiding te hê van wanneer om die volgende bus te verwag.

Die besige oorklimhaltes is die eerstes wat paalplakkers kry, met die res wat daarna sal volg.

“Soos wat die stelsel ontplooi word in die res van die dorp, sal ons dieselfde prosedure volg van roetes eers te verfyn, en dit dan af te rond met inligting op die pale sodra ons gereed is,” sê Robb.

Op die foto is twee verheugde passasiers wie van die eerstes hul weg maklik kon vind op die nuwe paalplakkers by die Beach A-bushalte. Sarah Sparks van Europe en Eden Kissan van Harmony Park sê die verduideliking op die plakker is so eenvoudig dat hulle maklik kon uitwerk wanneer die volgende bus daar gaan wees.

 

 

Last published 22 August 2016