Tubasa and the City Council present a pilot service that will connect the districts with the city on weekends and holidays
Before the summer, Tubasa will offer an on-demand bus service. It is a pilot project with the aim of becoming a landline by which any resident of the eight districts that the city and La Pilara have can request a bus and choose a destination through an app on their mobile phone.
This service will begin in the districts of the left bank and La Pilara and will offer a series of stops within the city. There will be eight or nine for the user to choose the closest place to which he is going. It will work on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays in the usual schedule of the buses in the city. That is, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
Each user must pay a single ticket, so the length of the trip will not be taken into account, and the driver will be shown the QR code that the app will generate with their request.
When selecting the trip through a new section within the app that Tubasa already has available, the user will see the time range in which the bus will come to pick him up and how long it will take to reach the destination stop. Both give you a margin of between 10 and 15 minutes to collect more users who request a similar route. Those requests that arrive later will not alter the route chosen by a previous user and that will always be the shortest, as indicated this morning by the Councilor for Transport, Jesús Coslado.
In this way, Tubasa extends the service to the districts on weekends. Currently they have an urban bus on weekdays, but not on Saturdays and Sundays.
Users will have the advantage that they will be able to choose stops that are not part of the usual line. For example, a resident of Balboa will be able to reach the El Faro shopping center without getting off the bus that has picked him up in his district. During the journey, other people from Badajoz will be able to get on this same vehicle if their route matches the one marked by the initial petitioner.
In principle, the service will start to work with minibuses, but resorting to conventional buses is not ruled out in the event that demand is very high. In any case, according to the data that Coslado has offered this morning, the residents of the districts only fill 10% of the capacity of the buses during the week and believe that on weekends they will have even fewer users.
The date for its entry into force has not yet been determined because they are finishing implementing the system and designing the screen that drivers will carry inside the vehicle. But they do assure that it will be before the summer.
The manager of Tubasa, Julián Pocostales, has assessed that the Badajoz “will not have to be aware of the transport offer”, but that it will be the user himself who generates the line with his request. “It is about optimizing transportation to provide better service and avoid tons of CO2 that we throw into the atmosphere indiscriminately because the bus will move when there is someone at the stop.”
The Tubasa app has 12,000 downloads in the city.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.