Bridj (pronounced "bridge") is a private commuter shuttle business, which allows passengers to book a shuttle between home and work during commuting hours through a mobile app. It currently only has operations in Sydney, Australia.
|Founded||2 June 2014|
It initially provided services in its origin city of Boston and later also in Washington DC and Kansas City. These American services ceased operation in April 2017 following an unsuccessful funding round. The business was then acquired by Australian company Transit Systems and services started in Sydney in December 2017.
USA (2014 - 2017)
On 10 February 2016, Bridj and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) announced "Ride KC: Bridj", a pilot project that would use Bridj as the operator of a microtransit system under the RideKC brand. Though Bridj planned trips based on users preferences expressed via its mobile app, KCATA provided union drivers and set fares the same as its other service. Fourteen Ford Transit vehicles were used in an exclusivity deal.
Later in 2016, Bridj ceased operations in Washington DC. It also began using its buses and local storage lockers to deliver goods in Boston on a trial basis, while considering future self-driving buses and sidewalk-traveling robots to deliver packages.
Bridj shut down abruptly on 30 April 2017, after funding negotiations with Toyota failed. George told The Boston Globe in May 2017, that the company raised approximately $11 million since their founding in June 2014.
Australia (2017 onwards)
In October 2017 it was announced that Bridj had been purchased by Australian company Transit Systems. It began operations in Sydney, Australia with a Wetherill Park demand service in December 2017, followed by am Inner West demand service in July 2018 operating Iveco Dailys. In August 2018, it took over the Eastern Suburbs demand service from Transdev's RIDE Plus, while the Wetherill Park service ceased operations.
Transit Systems plans to introduce more Bridj on-demand services into other Australian cities as well as London.
Bridj operates demand bus services in two Sydney regions:
These two services are also the first demand services in Sydney to accept OpalPay and concession fares. These services can be booked through the Bridj app.
Bridj also formerly operated its first Australian demand service at Wetherill Park, until it ceased operations on 3 August 2018.
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