DCU Ryan Academy start-up Cityswifter.com to keep Dublin moving during bus strikes.
08 September 2016
A DCU Ryan Academy start-up has launched their innovative shared transportation platform to help Dublin commuters during the upcoming Dublin Bus strikes.
The new technology start-up, CitySwifter.com enables commuters to crowdsource their transport and book private bus seats.
It will provide a timely solution for commuters as Dublin Bus goes on strike this coming Thursday, September 8th and Friday, September 9th. Further strike action is planned by Dublin Bus for September 15th, 16th, 23rd and 24th.
Commuters enter their journey requests on CitySwifter.com and are matched with fellow passengers to book private buses that get them to and from their place of work faster and at an affordable price.
It is a demand responsive service and unlike conventional bus companies it does not operate on set routes or timetables.
Each collection and drop-off responds to the location and time request of the commuter.
The start-up technology company is the brainchild of Longford trio, Brian O’Rourke, Alan Farrelly and Sean Byrne; all graduates of Dublin City University.
“The aim of the CitySwifter.com platform is not to replace Dublin Bus but instead to empower commuters that have no option, but to travel by private car to use a smarter, more sustainable shared transport solution which in turn should reduce congestion on a daily basis at peak times. It is a cost-efficient long-term solution for commuters,” said Brian O’Rourke, CEO and co-founder of CitySwifter.com.
The company have run a number of successful routes to key business areas across the city, including the IFSC and Grand Canal Dock areas.
They previously operated under the Huddl.ie and ConcertBus.ie brands but have shifted their focus to commuting workers and third level students, since their participation in the DCU Ryan Academy UStart programme.
“CitySwifter.com will get people to places they would normally only travel to in their car.
In the contemporary world, it is all about connecting people off-line and our aim is to provide people with a smarter, sustainable option for moving around the city faster while providing a great passenger experience,” said Brian.
Follow CitySwifter.com on twitter @CitySwifter and under the hashtag #KeepDublinMoving