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Zurich to use rideshare account to plug public carriage gaps

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Zurich to use rideshare account to plug public carriage gaps

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The City of Zurich and alteration operator Zurich Public Transport (VBZ) have partnered with advancement firm ViaVan to launch the city’s first on-demand public carriage service, Pikmi.

The 18-month pilot will see ViaVan accommodate on-demand shared casework from 8pm to midnight, Monday-Sunday, to fill accepted gaps in public carriage provision.

Passengers can book rides through the Pikmi app and pay by presenting a valid public carriage ticket (which can be bought at kiosks or online through the VBZ app) to the driver.

Single tickets in the Swiss city are valid for a two-hour timeframe, so cartage can use the account in affiliation with other forms of public transport.

Speaking to , Tobias Wälti, Corporate Communication Manager, VBZ, said: “We really want to test how we can use this service, and could make amendments during the 18-month trial based on the administration it goes and the demand we see.

“If aggregate goes well we hope to acquaint this as a abiding service.”

Pikmi does not run on predefined routes or according to a fixed timetable, and in accession to the absolute VBZ stops in the operating area, nearly 150 added ‘virtual bus stops’ that do not crave any added basement will be added.

The area of each ‘virtual bus stop’ is declared in detail for cartage as they adapt for analeptic through the Pikmi app.

The shuttle vans will account the Altstetten and Albisrieden regions of the city, including the Triemli and Hardplatz carriage hubs.

Passengers are appropriate to wear face masks, and the number of seats in the cartage has been bargain from five to three to ensure room for social distancing.

People with walking and visual impairments can accept abutment from the driver when accepting on and off, and walking aids, assembly and alive dogs can also be taken free of charge.

VBZ has also entered into a affiliation with paratransit operator BTZ for cartage who are abased on a wheelchair.

Expanding access

Chris Snyder, CEO, ViaVan, said: “Flexible, shared advancement solutions like Pikmi can expand access to public carriage and thus create a abiding another to clandestine transport.

“Our algorithm enables fast and able shared journeys that avoid accidental detours and long wait times, and at the same time reduce cartage and emissions.”

ViaVan currently works with carriage authorities and cities across Europe, including BVG in Berlin and EMT in Madrid.

In March and April the firm abeyant approved casework in Berlin and started offering free trips to healthcare workers in acknowledgment to the Coronavirus pandemic.


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Appear November 17, 2020 — 15:05 UTC

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