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The 7 most beautiful bus lines in the world

Katmandou bus

In this article, travel between the American, African, European and Asian continent, and discover the 7 most beautiful buses lines in the world …

Morocco: From Marrakech to Er-Rachidia  

This route in the middle of the desert is called “ouallywood”. With more than 400 km, it lasts 11 hours. The great journey begins in Marrakech and then continues through the Tizi n’Tichka mountain of the Atlas Mountains. After meandering along the mountain trails, it passes through the arid city of Kasbahs and ends in Errachidia, an arid city on the edge of the Sahara where camel adventures await you. This trip is offered by two bus lines: CTM or Supratours.

lignes de bus maroc

United States: From New York to San Francisco 

This coach line in the heart of America serves many destinations, including Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Denver, and the cornfields of Nebraska. The total distance of the route is 4,600 kilometres and takes approximately 75 hours. The trip is offered by Greyhound lines.

De New York à San Fra

England: From Davistock to Dawlish

This bus line is a pearl in the United Kingdom. It takes 2 hours for 60 kilometres and takes you through the Dartmoor National Park in Devon, a county in the South West of England. The service operates only on the fifth Saturday of the month between April and September. The TCB (Tavistock Country Bus) offers this route. Please note that the bus has only 16 seats!

Tavistock

Nepal: From KATMANDU to POKHARA 

During 8 hours and over a distance of 205 kilometers you can travel on an atypical bus on an extremely winding road between Kathmandu and Pokhara, the tourist capital of Nepal, known for its location near Lake Phewa.

Katmandou bus

Australia : From GEELONG to APOLLO BAY 

This Australian itinerary is ranked among the most beautiful coastal journeys in the world. The bus numbered 101 (from the Public Transport Victoria bus network) departs from the port city of Geelong and passes through the coastal landscape and forested mountains near Melbourne, taking about 2 hours.
During the route, it is possible to get off the bus to go out onto the vast expanses of sand or inland to view the koalas.

Argentina: From RIO GALLEGOS to USHUAIA

This 600-kilometre bus journey, lasts 11 hours for 40€, crosses the Chilean border and ends at the Strait of Magellan where the Pacific and Antarctic Oceans meet.

Rio Gale

Brazil: from Rio de Janeiro to Lima

One of the longest bus lines in the world is the Rio-Lima line. On board the Expreso Internacional Ormano bus company and for about 3 days you will have to pay between 150€ and 210€.
The company also offers other routes, which are also known to be among the longest in the world, such as from Caracas, Venezuela to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Lima, Peru

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4 essential steps for a demand responsive transport 2/2: Extending the service and integrating new use cases

essential steps for a demand responsive transport

The efficiency and success of a demand responsive transport (DRT) service is based on several steps. In this article, we will discuss the two other essential steps to the implementation of an efficient dynamic demand responsive transport service: the extension of the service and the technical and new use case integrations. essential steps for a demand responsive transport

What is a dynamic DRT?

The aim of a dynamic DRT is to rationalise public transport by adapting supply more closely to demand with more interesting economic and ecological benefits. Vehicles, reserved via a mobile application, a website or a call centre, replace underused or non-existent fixed lines. Their route is optimised thanks to algorithms.

Step 3: Service extension

The service extension stage is a move to scale aimed at perpetuating DRT to make it a structuring element of the mobility offer in the area in which it operates, to overcome the weaknesses of the existing transport network or to rethink the area’s public transport service plan by opening up poorly connected areas.

This step is used to identify the areas and use cases that best lend themselves to DRT in order to replicate the DRT model. It enables a “tools” strategy to be defined and implemented, following integration logics aimed mainly at replacing deficient fixed lines and/or converting under-utilised services.

The main challenges in extending the service are based on the method of acquiring the DRT software (calls for tender, over-the-counter, etc.), the balance with the rest of the network, integration with the existing network and its tools, performance monitoring and consolidation of service quality criteria.

What indicators should be taken into account at this stage?

  • The same as those of the pilot (step 2)
  • Acquisition, retention, use, mileage and knowledge of users.

 What questions should be asked before moving on to the next step?

  • Are there other needs or cases of unaddressed uses?
  • What is the capacity to replicate the service operationally in other areas, possibly with different operations or use cases?

Find out more about the service extension set up for Ile-de-France Mobilités (Paris region Public Transport Authority) by Padam Mobility

Step 4: technical integrations and new use cases

The principle of technical integrations: 

  • Adding new use cases to the existing DRT platform at marginal cost and benefiting from their advantages. In particular, this makes it possible to pool operating and management costs (vehicles, drivers, etc.).
  • To meet specific needs (e.g. transport of healthcare personnel in the event of a health crisis, substitution services in the event of works, occasional / event transport).

Cases of use that can be integrated:

  • Other shared public transport: Paratransit, school transport, evening service in stations without reservation, airport shuttles, etc.
  • Occasional transport: transport of healthcare staff in the event of a health crisis, substitute services in the event of works, occasional / event transport (e.g. a concert or football match).

Technical integrations are used to make DRT a brick perfectly integrated in your MaaS (Mobility as a Service) vision. As an aggregator of mobility solutions, it aims to offer individuals the opportunity to visualize their journeys from end to end regardless of the type of transport used (public/private, shared, soft, mass, etc.).

In practice:

  • DRT platform integrates with the local MaaS and allows users to complete their public transit trips with DRT.
  • The DRT itself integrates with the network, synchronizing with train schedules for example.
  • Finally, other transport solutions exist, such as carpooling, bike sharing, car sharing, taxis/VTC etc. The DRT can be combined with these other forms of transport to complete its offer when it becomes saturated. For example, the DRT platform can offer carpooling or taxi/VTC alternatives when no DRT is available in the next half hour, and vice versa.

Learn more about the integration of MaaS in Padam Mobility solutions

Our experience in DRT design, configuration and optimisation leads us to the observation of these 4 steps that we consider to be a good factor of success and efficiency of an DRT service. The success of an DRT service mainly includes user satisfaction with the service. In all cases, the best approach to adopt always consists in getting in touch with a dynamic DRT professional who will be best able to advise you in the implementation of your service.

Learn more about the two other essential step 1/2

 

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