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CitySwift data platform informs NXWM

CitySwift data platform informs NXWM

Tech will assist the bus operator in planning for and reacting to ‘new normal’   Andy Foster, NXWM’s deputy commercial director has been working from home during lockdown   National Express West Midlands has announced the successful deployment of CitySwift’s SwiftMetrics bus network analysis platform across its entire network. The move aims to help the...
Stagecoach supports new DRT service for NHS

Stagecoach supports new DRT service for NHS

New app-based bus service, Stagecoach Connect, to be launched for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust this month as part of a trial of Demand Responsive Transport in Mansfield and Sutton   Users of the new service will select a desired pick-up and drop-off location, and will be matched with a seat in a high-capacity bus...
Coach providers offer help with contact tracing

Coach providers offer help with contact tracing

Coach providers Zeelo and Snap have developed technology to enable people to use their services and maintain social distance and can also help contact trace if passengers were to develop symptoms later   Zeelo has already launched a critical-worker service to help NHS staff and key workers during the Coronavirus pandemic   Technology is helping...
‘We want our people with us on this journey’

‘We want our people with us on this journey’

This month’s CAVScotland heard about trials of automated transport by Stagecoach and Addison Lee who both agree that they still need people   Scotland’s transport secretary, Michael Matheson, viewed the full size autonomous Enviro200 bus at CAVScotland   The hype surrounding automated vehicles peaked in 2017. We’re now in the “trough of disillusionment” but the...
Via’s technology moves to autonomous vehicles

Via’s technology moves to autonomous vehicles

Firm partners with EasyMile to launch trial in Australia   The BusBot pilot will last for 22 weeks   Demand responsive technology firm Via has expanded its operations with the launch of its first autonomous vehicle. The company’s first autonomous vehicle trial, dubbed BusBot, is now fully operational, serving a community in New South Wales,...
Innovations (Issue 43, Summer 2019)

Innovations (Issue 43, Summer 2019)

Innovations: Practical application of technology in passenger transport. Supporting Coach & Bus UK 2019 technology exhibitors   Click on the image below to view Innovations (Issue 43, Summer 2019).   If you are viewing the site on a mobile or tablet device, tap here to read the supplement.
TfL to use Wi-Fi data to improve Tube journeys

TfL to use Wi-Fi data to improve Tube journeys

Secure, privacy-protected data collection will begin in July, and is expected to improve information about delays and congestion within stations   Tube users at Hammersmith   Depersonalised Wi-Fi connection data will soon be used to help Transport for London improve the information it provides to its customers on London Underground. The depersonalised data collection, which...
Uber to sell bus and rail tickets in Denver

Uber to sell bus and rail tickets in Denver

Ride-hailing app wants to become ‘one-stop shop’ for transport Uber has added public transport routes, times and costs into its app   “Taking an Uber” could soon mean travelling by bus or train. The ride-hailing company has added public transport routes to its app, starting with Denver’s Regional Transportation District. Following a staggered roll out...
‘Why can’t buses be as easy as ordering pizza?’

‘Why can’t buses be as easy as ordering pizza?’

Transport Focus research about young people and their experience of using buses reveals their frustration at ‘outdated and antiquated’ experience   ‘Why can Domino’s or whoever it is do all of that?’   Young people want the bus user experience to be as easy as ordering pizza or booking cinema tickets on their phones. Focus...
This won’t be ‘some hipster bus service’

This won’t be ‘some hipster bus service’

Transport for London says that non-financial objectives will guide its trial of demand-responsive minibus technology in the south London suburbs Last month TfL announced plans for a year-long trial of a demand responsive minibus network in Sutton   Transport for London says that the success of its demand responsive minibus trial in south London will...
TfL announces plans for Sutton DRT trial

TfL announces plans for Sutton DRT trial

Go-Ahead London and ViaVan have been awarded a contract to deliver a year-long trial of a demand-responsive minibus service in south London   Go-Ahead has partnered with ViaVan on the new service   Transport for London has announced plans to launch a year-long trial of a demand-responsive minibus network in Sutton, south London  from May....
Slide experiment ends - but the idea lives on

Slide experiment ends – but the idea lives on

It was the first service of its kind in the UK, but RATP Dev’s Slide shared ride-to-work service has now ceased operating in Bristol after two years   Slide Bristol was the first microtransit service to be launched in the United Kingdom   RATP Dev’s experimental shared ride-to-work service Slide Bristol closed on November 26...