Isle of Man Government owned stage carriage operator Bus Vannin has recently introduced a trial demand responsive transport service on the island.
Following the launch of connectPORTS in October, Bus Vannin has now added connectVILLAGES to their trial demand responsive transport scheme.
Ride share journeys can be booked by telephone up to three weeks in advance or before 16:00 on the day before travelling, with online booking available in the near future.
Half price fares are available on connectPORTS journeys for passengers with a valid Go card (except Go Places), whilst those with a Go Platinum card travel free of charge.
Standard Bus Vannin fares apply for connectVILLAGES journeys, with all of the Go card options valid for travel.
Cash and contactless payments are accepted on both services.
At the time of writing, connectPORTS enables passengers in the north of the island, Peel, Laxey and Baldrine to book a journey from their chosen departure point to Ronaldsway Airport.
Coverage of connectPORTS will expand to include the south of the island at the end of this month, and then the whole island in February 2019.
This service operates between 05:00 and 21:30 each day of the week, with plans to add journeys to the Sea Terminal in the future.
The newly launched connectVILLAGES ride share scheme has been introduced in the north of the island to connect the villages of Andreas, Bride and Maughold with Ramsey.
From December 17th 2018, this will replace most services on routes 16, 17, 18 and 20, with journeys available between 09:00 to 19:00 on Monday to Saturday.
To operate these services, Bus Vannin added further Mercedes-Benz minibuses to its fleet, with these having capacity for up to fifteen passengers.
Jason Moorhouse, Member with responsibility for Public Transport, said:
“The trial for connectVILLAGES is all about convenience and social inclusion – many areas in the north are not serviced by a regular bus route and this will provide people with the opportunity to travel more freely.
“The launch follows the success of the trial for connectPORTS, which will be rolled out to other areas of the Island over the next few weeks. More than 500 passengers have taken advantage of the service so far, with lots of positive feedback on how it has been implemented.”
For more information, please visit the Bus Vannin Connect website.1 comment