What is Digital Demand Responsive Transport (D-DRT)?
Digital Demand Responsive Transport (D-DRT) operates flexibly, where you want, when you want (think of it like a shared Uber). It is not like a conventional bus, which runs to a fixed timetable, stops and routes. A D-DRT service uses smaller vehicles, such as minibuses, and can be pre-booked in advance (like a taxi) or booked on-demand (when you need it quickly). The service uses a mobile phone app that enables you to book your journey, see in real-time when the vehicle will arrive and make payment. For those without a smartphone, telephone booking remains an option.
The survey seeks to gather resident views on D-DRT to inform a potential future strategy around this and how it may lead to more sustainable travel and reduced car-use in Essex. The survey is one of the inputs alongside other primary and secondary research into the field of D-DRT, conducted as part of a project with Anglia Ruskin University. The survey closes on Sunday 1 November at midnight.