Ride-hailing technology could make public buses more efficient

What’s happening: Public transit ridership is down across the U.S. due in part to new mobility services like ride-hailing and scooters.

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What’s needed: Many municipal bus services rely on manual surveys of passengers to assess user preferences and modify routes — an expensive and unreliable practice.

  • Instead, any and all available public transit ticket data could be analyzed to understand actual demand patterns and optimize routes.

But, but, but: Cities across the U.S. and world-wide are struggling with adopting electric buses.

  • In places that are moving ahead with electric buses — like Shenzhen, China, which boasts the world’s only all-electric bus network — the biggest obstacle was installing and paying for the massive charging infrastructure needed to run 16,000 e-buses.

The bottom line: Integrating advanced technology and deploying next-generation vehicles with upgrades that make them demand-responsive and environmentally friendly could make bus networks more efficient, more reliable, and more popular.

Raphael Gindrat is co-founder and CEO of Bestmile, which has developed a fleet-management platform and whose clients include Strasbourg’s transit agency.

Originally published at https://www.axios.com on September 6, 2019.

CEO & Cofounder at Bestmile

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