Overcrowded trains to be a thing of the past

Commuters frustrated by overcrowded trains would be able to find out whether they could secure a seat before boarding their train, following the launch of a new app.

The technology, being trialled in New South Wales, allowed travellers to see real-time occupancy per train carriage, and could even prompt them to move to another end of the platform to board in an emptier carriage.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said technology of this kind could help ease frustration for commuters travelling on packed trains here in Queensland.

“Having a seat certainly makes the train ride a little more bearable and this kind of technology could ultimately help persuade some commuters to utilise public transport more often,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Knowing whether the carriage is full will help commuters decide if they need to move along the platform, or if they should stagger their journeys into the city.”

The Daily Telegraph reported when the doors closed at each platform the carriage weights were recorded and sent through to the app, this data was then made available to commuters within around 20 seconds.

The app has been operating on Sydney Buses since 2016, and Ms Ritchie said it was time for Queensland to consider whether this technology could work in the Sunshine State.

“We’re always keeping a close eye on how the southern states are dealing with commuter chaos, and we would encourage transport authorities to consider how these technologies might work here.”