Transport for NSW is the latest organisation to hook into the Amazon Alexa natural language platform.\nAlexa will provide real-time train, ferry and light rail information from the organisation\u2019s Real-Time Intelligent Transport Assistant (RITA), launched in September. RITA skill for Alexa, available through Facebook Messenger and Google Assistant, doesn\u2019t yet provide information for buses.\n \nNAB and Westpac banks also jumped on the Alexa bandwagon earlier this month. The banks\u2019 customers will use an Alexa-enabled device to retrieve information about their accounts.\nThe RITA platform provides hands-free access to network updates and disruptions on daily Sydney Trains, Sydney Ferries and Inner West Light Rail services using voice devices such as Amazon\u2019s Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Dot.\nTransport for NSW deputy secretary, customer services, Tony Braxton-Smith said the organisation recognises that the information landscape is shifting towards voice service, which is why it has been quick to innovate in this space.\n\u201cIn NSW, we know transport is no longer just about building infrastructure and running services but embracing new technology to provide the best services for our customers. RITA began as an interactive \u2018chatbot\u2019 on Facebook Messenger. Now RITA has evolved to become an essential component of digital assistant products like Alexa,\u201d Braxton-Smith said.\nTransport for NSW said customers can ask, \u2018What\u2019s my morning commute like?\u2019 and hear up-to-date information on disruptions affecting their saved commute. Detailed information on this function is available via the companion Amazon Alexa mobile app.\nToday\u2019s announcement follows Transport for NSW\u2019s launch last year of a trial of contactless transport payments \u2013 using a credit card or mobile phone \u2013 on the Manly to Circular Quay ferry route. The organisation said last November it expected to expand this functionality to Sydney\u2019s entire ferry fleet as early as February.\n \n\u201cAs it stands, our Open Data website has served over 1 billion API hits. This type of innovation is now part and parcel of travelling in Sydney, it would be hard to imagine your daily bus or train ride to work without real-time transport apps,\u201d Braxton-Smith said.\nThe organisation said it would explore more options for voice-based skills on digital assistants with the potential to include real-time bus disruption information, and Opal voice-activated balance top-ups in the home.