Bus sharing partnership launched for Italian workers during epidemic
Posted: 23 April 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
With public transport levels being reduced and operators having to assert social distancing measures, the transport offering aims to provide critical staff with a transit option during the national lockdown.
UK bus sharing company Zeelo has joined forces with Rome-based bus platform Busrapido to launch commuter transport for companies employing key workers in Italy, one of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19.
The Zeelo service ensures all drivers have PPE (personal protective equipment), hand sanitiser is on board for passengers, and social distancing is enforced using booking technology that monitors the amount of people on board.
Zeelo is already providing these services in the UK and South Africa to the likes of Amazon, Argos, Ocado, Colgate, Avara Foods and Hermes.
Now, bosses have connected to help the Italian workforce using innovative technology and software to develop and deliver the project remotely.
CEO and co-founder, Sam Ryan, said it was clear that commuter travel would have to change completely in a post-virus world.
“The way we all travel to work has to change, both now and in the future,” he said. “Safety for passengers and drivers is paramount as we battle COVID-19 but shared transport will also make a huge dent in pollution and traffic levels.”
Riders will be provided with a mobile app to book their trips and track the bus with routes optimised to ensure pick-up locations are as convenient as possible. The venture will operate the trips in partnership with Busrapido’s network of over 350 vetted bus operator partners.
“Following the successful launch of these critical transportation services in the UK and South Africa, we are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Busrapido team and replicate this in Italy; supporting the ongoing challenges we all face in providing safe transportation to keep the world moving during COVID-19,” Ryan added.
Busrapido CEO and co-founder, Roberto Ricci, commented: “We see huge potential for this service in Italy and are looking forward to working with our partners Zeelo to bring this to market. As we begin to transition out of the lockdown, providing safe transportation allowance for enforced social distancing will be vital in helping companies re-open for business.”