Essex County Council wants to know whether local people would be in favour of – and use – Digital Demand Responsive Transport (D-DRT).
What is Digital Demand Responsive Transport (D-DRT)?
It’s a scheme that picks up passengers by minibus, at a requested time, near their requested location and drops them off at their destination.
The service might pick-up other passengers along the way, without affecting required arrival time at the destination. The service could be booked in advance or on-demand through a phone app or telephone line and it would be possible to track the minibus in real-time.
The survey poses questions around current modes of transport and purpose of journeys and asks whether residents would be willing to change their mode of transport to use the D-DRT, if the service was available.
Epping Forest Community Transport
Here in Epping Forest district a similar service, on a smaller scale, has been operated successfully for many years by Epping Forest Community Transport.
It provides Dial-a-Ride services for elderly and vulnerable residents. But during the Coronavirus pandemic it has stepped up its services by transporting NHS staff to Princess Alexandra Hospital and trialling home-to-school transport and private sector employee services. Essex County Council also trusted EFCT to run the public route 13 from Waltham Abbey to Epping during the peak of the crisis earlier this year.
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