Buses go black (cab)
Citymapper has joined forces with taxi app outfit Gett to launch a service that sees London’s black cabs running a lot more like regular buses. The two transport outfits are rolling out a fixed route, BB1 for Black Bus 1, that will offer passenger services between Highbury in North London and Waterloo.
BB1 fares come in at a mere £3, with users sharing the ride and able to get on and off anywhere along the route. BB1 kicked off this Monday, operating during peak hours (7–10am and 5–8pm).
“We focused our [transport] analysis on the commute hours: the most congested time of the day when public transport networks are stretched to their utmost,” Citymapper explains. “BB1 connects Highbury to the south, unlike any Tube line. Existing trips would require three buses or tubes. It serves one of the largest gaps in the tube in Zone1 – Angel to Farringdon [and] uses side streets that avoid jams and benefits from bus lanes.”
Citymapper points out that cabs run with spare capacity that could be better utilised. “The hard part is matching people together. Running fixed routes is one way to solve this.”
The company starting operating its first commercial bus route, CM2 - Night Rider, in early September, on weekend nights from 9pm to 5am in East London. As with BB1, Citymapper used its Simcity analysis tool to identify gaps in London’s transport network.