Internet bus trip planner

Bus users can now find the best route to travel using a new internet-based journey planner.

The planner is available on the Otago Regional Council's website and uses Google transit information.

Council corporate services director Wayne Scott said the planner was introduced to make the council's bus timetable more accessible.

Users of the journey planner enter a bus journey starting point and destination.

The planner then uses Google Maps Transit information, which now includes Dunedin bus timetable data, to generate the next available routes.

''The journey planner allows you to enter where you are and where you want to go. It then works out your ideal journey, with the number of stops and estimated travel time,'' Mr Scott said.

Many phones have Google Maps installed as the default mapping tool or, alternatively, the Google Maps ''app'' can be downloaded.

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