CHINA Beijing to launch bus pooling service for businesses


Beijing to launch bus pooling service for businesses

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13:17, February 18, 2020

Beijing’s bus operator is offering on-demand public transport service for companies as the city takes precautions with novel coronavirus transmission in pubic transportation. 


Staff members record a disinfection log at a bus station in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 27, 2020. (File photo: Xinhua)

Business owners and employees are encouraged to submit information like the number of riders, pick-up locations and destinations. The state-owned Beijing Public Transport (BPT) on Tuesday said it will disclose the route five days after receiving the requests.

Over the past week, Beijing’s business sector has been taking steps to resume normal operations while the city faces the pressure of virus contamination on buses, subways and in workplaces where a crowded and enclosed environment poses a higher infection risk. 

By the end of Monday, Beijing has reported 387 confirmed COVID-19 cases, among which 122 patients have been cured and four others dead. 

BPT promised every customized bus will follow strict disinfection measures and take the body temperature of every rider and other disease control rules.

The first on-demand route for businesses will hit the road next week. Like the existing bus pooling service in Beijing, passengers will use the QR code fare service on the bus to buy a ticket.

(Compiled by Chen Lidan)

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