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What is Demand-Responsive Transit?

Demand-responsive transport (DRT) is a flexible mode of transportation that adapts to passengers’ requests. The operating principle is as easy as pie.

It involves users requesting a trip via web browser, mobile application or calling a booking service which plans their route according to specified pick-up and dropoff locations and times. Initially DRT was designed to improve transit access for people with limited mobility, on a small scale and mainly as a private service. Nowadays it is increasingly entering the mass transit market that builds on this experience to enhance accessibility and quality of service to these user groups. Over the past year, DRT has expanded to enable a wide spectrum of services and to have several benefits.

What are the benefits of DRT in public transportation?

Integrating DRTS within an existing system helps to:

Improve transport flows in cities

Encouraging multi-modality by connecting suburban areas with transport hubs (train station, metro, tram) or Park-and-Rides spots. Our DRT platform solves this issue by allowing operators to plan their bus routes in response to fluctuating demand, effectively optimising resources and reaching more riders at no extra cost.

One major benefit is overall improved access to public transit through shorter walking distances and waiting times, making it a more viable alternative to driving and reducing the number of vehicles on the road, as seen from our own commuter bus line, Kussbus.

Last but not least, our solution aims to maximise pooling and minimise detours and thereby reduce emissions per passenger kilometer, as well as overall kilometers traveled by buses. DRT solutions like ours allow existing public transport systems to continue improving energy efficiency and sustainability measures towards the next generation of public transport.

Raise overall efficiency and reduce carbon emissions

By providing only fixed-route services, traditional public transportation can run the risk of mostly empty buses in areas with lower demand and density along with demand at odd hours.

Support citizens with limited mobility or special needs

By mastering personalised and high quality services.

How can UFT drive the next generation of public transportation?

A demand-responsive transit service is an alternative to a fixed route system but it does not mean that it must completely replace public transportation. On the contrary, flexible routes can compliment flexible routes and vice versa.

UFT can combine the two approaches without making it complex. In one click, a public transit operator can handle a dispatch schedule, and/or routing of a vehicle to accommodate incoming users requests through the UFT platform. Operators can also decide to configure multiple service types such as scheduling buses in fixed route system or directly to passengers doorsteps. In other cases, vehicles can run on a predetermined route without a fixed schedule and may stop only during a subset of predetermined stop groups, based on requests.

All combinations are possible and can be scheduled in real-time, risk-free. Book a demo with our team to explore our user-friendly software and see how it could improve your service.