Written by Eric Bruun Ph.D. Senior Researcher, Kyyti Group
Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) as the name implies allows flexibility in the timing and routing a vehicle may take. DRT service is operating in specific on-demand areas where travellers going in the same direction can share the ride, no fixed schedules and fixed routes. DRT is not a new invention. A motorized taxi is a form of DRT that has been around for over a century, but the usage of smartphones (no need to phone to speak to a reservationist or to stand in the street to hail) has expanded its role. Some forms of DRT such as private taxi-vans and publicly owned minibuses are designed to allow pooling of separate parties. This promotes efficiency and lowers the operating cost per passenger to somewhere between a single party taxi and the large bus. In suburban areas, on-demand ride sharing will increase or even upgrade the level of transportation services.
New DRT modes such as dockless e-scooters and e-bikes are continuously being created. Some have been delayed or suspended by calls for regulation while others proliferate quickly. This does not vary just by nation, but from city to city within a region.
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