Demand Responsive Transport (DRT)
What is Demand Responsive Transport?
Demand responsive transport, sometimes known as ‘DRT’, is a mode of shared transport for passengers travelling where vehicles, such as buses, alter their routes based on transport demand rather than using a fixed route or timetable.
The Combined Authority has committed to delivering demand responsive transport in the form of a new ‘Uber’ style bus service, which will be trialled initially over a six-month period in West Huntingdonshire.
How does it work?
The new service will enable passengers to either call a number or go on an app, enter their address and postcode, put in a request to be picked up nearby and have a bus pull up in as little as 5 minutes. This new service will allow people in the most remote of locations to order a bus, as you would a taxi in the City centre.
This new bus service will not replace existing routes but will be an overlay for services that are already running. It is anticipated it will have the greatest impact in rural areas, which currently have very little bus provision. This new service could see remote villages with only 2-3 services running a week, have access to running buses 6 days a week, a three-fold improvement in service provision.
West Huntingdonshire was chosen as the site to trial the demand responsive service first because of its many rural villages, which would be benefit from this major boost in transport connectivity. The hope is that it will be replicated across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.