Integrating Demand Responsive Transport into the Wider Transport Networks – Practical Tips for the Implementation and Launch of DDRT: TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2021 Retrospective


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At TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2021, Jack Holland’s presentation on behalf of Padam Mobility provided practical advice on what public authorities need to consider now to successfully implement the concept of DRT into their wider transport networks in partnership with local transport operators.

Jack outlined a variety of Dynamic DRT “Service Designs” – including Zonal-Free floating, Semi-flexible, Virtual line, Zonal-Feeder, Zonal-Corridor and Fixed-line – and defined applications including Paratransit, Peri-urban and rural areas, Corporate, Off-peak hours, First & last mile and other. He went on to demonstrate Peri-urban DDRT examples in Strasbourg and Greater Paris, and free floating Rural DDRT use cases with Lincolnshire County Council (Lincolnshire Call Connect/Gainsborough pilot) and Hertfordshire County Council (HertsLynx).

In conclusion, Jack detailed six key recommendations for effectively implementing DDRT:

  1. Use data to undertake a deep analysis and test your service
  2. Determine a suitable service configuration
  3. Ensure advance bookings are guaranteed
  4. Offer a variety of booking methods
  5. Have a clear and comprehensive marketing strategy
  6. Think multimodal

In his subsequent roundtable sessions with our delegates, Jack delved deeper, specifying how rural and Peri-urban areas in Scotland with significant public transport gaps can use DRT to significantly improve the mobility of their inhabitants.

If you satisfy our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us in Edinburgh for the live in-person event on December 8th, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” (located at the bottom of the post) to receive a unique link enabling free access to the presentation video recordings and slides (including the film footage and slides from Jack’s initial presentation).

Those qualifying to receive the rich content from these presentations include commissioning, procurement, trialling and partnering leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers and planners from: local authorities (e.g. city, borough, metropolitan, district and county councils); public and private transport operators; regional transport partnerships, sub-regional transport bodies, combined authorities, integrated transport authorities and passenger transport executives; highways authorities and road operators; government and supporting national transport agencies; fleet operators, vehicle manufacturers, parking operators, prime contractors etc.

Below: On New Year’s Eve, Smart Classes’ Mark Bradbury and Harriet Bright tried out Hertfordshire County Council’s excellent HertsLynx DDRT Operation first hand!

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TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2021

On December 8th we will be casting a spotlight over Scotland, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by the city-regions of Glasgow & Clyde Valley, Edinburgh & South East Scotland, Stirling, Tay, Aberdeen, Inverness & Highlands, and beyond.


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