Citymapper is trialling a new on demand bus service in London. This appears to be a test to gauge demand and learn how such a service would work. This approach of using a smaller vehicle with a dynamic route is an interesting one that should be more efficient, pick riders up closer to their start point, and drop them off closer to their destination.
We look forward to seeing how this test goes, and if it can translate into a more permanent service.
Citymapper will launch a bus in central London. Called CMX1, the route will run from Southwark – near the company’s headquarters – to Blackfriars, west to Waterloo bridge, and back along the south bank. Although it’ll use existing bus stops, it won’t look like your regular London bus: for one, it’ll use smaller, 30-seater vehicles, dubbed “Sprinters”, painted bright green. Inside, the company has redesigned the bus experience: seats will offer USB charging points, large displays will advise users on when to get off. Up front, the driver will use a custom-built tablet interface to stay informed in real-time on traffic, passenger numbers, and headway (the distance between vehicles) advised by a central controller using Citymapper’s demand data.