BUSINESS Beijing's bus-pooling service starts trial run

BUSINESS

Beijing's bus-pooling service starts trial run

China Plus

12:16, September 23, 2018

An online bus-pooling service, which allows passengers share a bus with people heading to the same direction, has started the trial operations in Beijing on Saturday, September 22, 2018, reports the Beijing Morning Post.

Drivers stand beside minibuses to be used for a new online bus-pooling service at the Beijing South Railway Station, September 22, 2018. [Photo: VCG]

Drivers stand beside minibuses to be used for a new online bus-pooling service at the Beijing South Railway Station, September 22, 2018. (Photo: VCG)

Passengers can hail a bus by the "Customized Bus" App or a mini program in Wechat App. The background platform will then arrange a bus for passengers who share a similar route. The passengers need to pay the fare online and show the e-ticket on their mobile phone to the driver when getting on the bus.

During the trial run, the routes center around the Beijing South Railway Station, providing people with bus trips from the station to other urban areas.

A vehicle for a trial online bus-pooling service at the Beijing South Railway Station, September 22, 2018. [Photo: VCG]

A vehicle for a trial online bus-pooling service at the Beijing South Railway Station, September 22, 2018. (Photo: VCG)

The new "taxi-like" service will operate only if there are enough daily passengers along the route.

The fares of the shared bus are lower than that of taxi, but higher than a normal transit bus.

The Beijing Public Transport Corporation, which offers the bus-hailing service, says it expects the service will be more flexible for riders, as they will no longer need to take buses with fixed routes.

Related Stories

Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy to comply with the latest laws and regulations. The updated policy explains the mechanism of how we collect and treat your personal data. You can learn more about the rights you have by reading our terms of service. Please read them carefully. By clicking AGREE, you indicate that you have read and agreed to our privacy policies

Agree and continue