Star Trak – the next generation for bus passengers in Leicester and Leicestershire
A new £630,000 system will use satellites and smart phones to tell passengers when their buses are due to arrive.
Council bosses pulled the plug on the old Star Trak system last year but they are confident its successor will be a success.
It will make use of websites and mobile phone apps to keep passengers informed about bus services. The aim is to get more people to use public transport.
Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council will each pay £250,000 to set up the system and the Government will contribute a further £130,000.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Wednesday, May 22 2013
The running costs – estimated at between £160,000 and £200,000 a year – will be covered by the county's bus companies.
Lesley Pendleton, the county council's transport spokesman, said: "The more information we can give people about the bus services, the better.
"Hopefully, it will encourage more people to use them.
"It should take the uncertainty of waiting at the bus stop away."
After being launched in 2000, the £3.8 million Star Trak system ended in January last year. It was plagued by accuracy problems.
The closure was prompted by Arriva pulling out of the scheme.
Leicester's deputy city mayor Rory Palmer said: "Star Trak used old technology. It was comparatively expensive to run.
"This system is planned to be comprehensive, easy to use, reliable and inexpensive to run.
"It's a significant step in modernising public transport and giving passengers reliable information about the services they want to use."
However, bus passengers in Leicester had mixed views about the plans for the new system.
Hannah Sutcliffe, 16, of Lutterworth, said: "It would be good because the buses are always late.
"I think I'd use it a lot."
Vanessa Champaneri, 28, of Blaby, said: "It could be very handy.
"I use the bus a lot and it would be good for planning my work day around."
Kerry King, 45, of Wigston, said: "It's no good to me because I haven't got a mobile phone.
"I remember Star Trak and the buses never came at the time they were meant to."
Stan Aldridge, 62, of Newfoundpool, Leicester, said: "I used Star Trak but it kept going down and I'm not sure it was worth the money.
"I'm happy to make do with the ordinary timetable now."
The councils have advertised for companies to help develop the system. A number of companies are expected to be involved in getting it up and running.
To begin with, there will be a trial system on services along Aylestone Road, Leicester.