Integrating demand-responsive transport with public transport
The main purpose of demand-responsive transport (DRT) for public transport operators is to boost ridership by filling in the gaps of fixed-line services with flexible services. By offering passengers a range of solutions that focus on complementing, rather than replacing existing transport lines, numerous benefits can be gained from each.
- By connecting passengers to central locations, both transit systems get more ridership and provide alternatives to high last mile access costs that would typically arise from a door-to-door service. UFT
- Contrary to common perception, connecting DRT services to fixed transit lines can cut overall travel times despite added transfers. By pooling passengers, buses are free more often and thus provide a better service. As a result / When working together, both services provide the other with an increase in capacity.
- Transporting along a path that is already well served by existing transit system capacity allows operators to save on costs and boost ridership.
- One of the main benefits of ridesharing, and subsequent higher occupancy rates, is a lower cost per passenger compared to a door-to-door service.
DRT services can offer a combination of door-to-door, rideshare-to-transit (and vice versa) , or rideshare-to-transit-to-rideshare options. In order to reap the benefits of ridesharing and avoid adding inconveniences such as unnecessary detours, it is essential to optimize routes. This includes using the existing transport structure to pool as many passengers at the same locations as possible, and to provide integrated, multimodal trips. Stay tuned to read more articles and more ways the UFT platform optimises.