NextRide Launched in the Central Fraser Valley and Chilliwack Transit Systems
April 27, 2022
BC Transit has launched NextRide, its Automatic Vehicle Location technology, in the Central Fraser Valley, Chilliwack, Hope and Agassiz-Harrison Transit Systems, including the Fraser Valley Express. Following several weeks of testing and training, the new technology is now available to BC Transit customers in Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission, with NextRide being launched in the Agassiz-Harrison Transit System in May.
NextRide allows customers to see real-time bus locations along routes and identify what predicted arrival times are at any selected stop. Onboard, automated stop announcements call out stops to customers riding the bus, which increases comfort and convenience, while also improving the overall accessibility for many using transit.
Through BC Transit, bus location data is provided to mobility providers like Transit App, so customers in the Fraser Valley can track and monitor bus routes using their application of choice. Please note that customers using Google Maps to plan their trips will experience a short delay in the real-time data showing up as it takes several weeks for Google to start sharing this information.
Two installation teams are now working closely together in neighbouring or nearby communities as they move through the province to install the new technology on buses. In all, NextRide will be installed on approximately 315 buses operating on all conventional, fixed routes in British Columbia.
NextRide falls under BC Transit’s Smart Bus program, which introduces new technologies on buses that improve the customer experience, while also helping grow ridership by making transit more accessible, safer and enjoyable. For a more detailed installation schedule, please see the accompanying backgrounder and find out more on the NextRide project page.
BC Transit recognizes that customers using the Central Fraser Valley and Chilliwack transit systems are experiencing the current service challenges due to the ongoing industry-wide labour shortage many transportation organizations are facing at this time. Customers will continue to see altered schedules on short notice to reflect changing conditions and this new NextRide technology should be able to assist customers tracking buses in real-time.
BC Transit understands that customers have been impacted and sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience and thanks them for their patience.
Alison Stewart, Manager of Strategic Planning, Fraser Valley Regional District
NextRide will allow the public to plan trips more easily and the technology also provides valuable data to local governments. As an example, the system will provide information on what stops are used most, which will assist in future planning for bus shelters and new stops.