SVHL launches shared ride service in Lübeck with ViaVan
Posted: 10 March 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
The on-demand service will be available on weekend evenings, designed to fill the gaps when public transport is generally less available.
“We are proud that SVHL has entrusted ViaVan to take LÜMO to the next level. Our partnership represents an opportunity for technology to expand the reach of public transit at times where it is traditionally more limited,” said Chris Snyder, ViaVan CEO. “As cities and public transit authorities across Germany continue to look for efficient, convenient, and sustainable ways to offer their residents cross-city connectivity at all hours, on-demand technology is the solution.”
Using the LÜMO mobile app, passengers will select a pick-up and drop-off location within the service zone and confirm their ride. Once a ride is booked, ViaVan’s technology matches multiple passengers headed in the same direction into a single vehicle. By routing vehicles in real-time, ViaVan is said to be able to minimise detours, reducing added vehicle miles while providing an efficient rider experience.
Riders without a public transit ticket will pay a base fare of €2.60 per person, plus €1 per kilometre. The base fare is waived for public transit ticket holders to encourage riders to utilise the LÜMO 2.0 shared ride service as one of the public transit offerings available to them throughout the week.
The service will operate Friday and Saturday evenings from 11pm to 5am, and is said to serve as an affordable offering for students, residents, and visitors travelling across Lübeck for leisure activities in the late evening hours.