Ticketer partners with Via for DRT integration

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Ticketer and Via have announced a partnership to further the integration of Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) which they say will transform the way that operators and local authorities are able to offer DRT solutions as part of a cohesive transport network. The partnership says it will combine Ticketer’s expertise and technology in on-board electronic ticketing and software with Via’s platform for flexible DRT solutions to create a ‘seamless and efficient’ integrated ticketing offering. The collaboration expects to enable operators and local authorities across the UK to: Introduce DRT networks that can be efficiently integrated to complement the conventional bus network; Use real-time data and information from conventional bus services and DRT to enable multimodal and intermodal journeys, booked by passengers through a single mobile app powered by Via’s technology; integrate mobile ticketing that will allow passengers to purchase a single ticket for use on both conventional bus and DRT services within the same public transport network; and make informed decisions backed by data that enable providers to switch between DRT and conventional bus service, based on demand.

“We have seen communities across the UK increasingly ask how they can implement new on-demand public transport services in traditionally under-served areas, while simultaneously supporting and enhancing existing bus services,” said Chris Snyder, CEO of Via Europe. “Via’s partnership with Ticketer represents an important step toward enabling transport authorities and operators to create integrated, efficient, data-driven transport networks that offer riders a unified journey planning and booking experience that seamlessly connects DRT with conventional bus services.”

Andy Monshaw, Group CEO at Ticketer added: “We are extremely excited to announce our partnership with Via. We have long believed that connecting communities is critical, and DRT enables operators and local authorities to work together to offer an improved and seamless way to travel. Combining available transport options onto one platform that is easily accessible to users will simplify the passenger process and allow multi-modal transport journeys to be planned and paid for with ease. Integrating with Via’s flexible DRT solutions is just the start of Ticketer’s journey in creating an industry framework to enable partners seamlessly to integrate and deliver a more robust passenger experience.”