Out for Berlin shared taxi: BVG announces the end of the Berlkönig for July 20 – Berlin

The Berlin shared taxi Berlkönig will soon be over for good. “On July 20, the research and development project of the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) and Via ends as planned after four years,” said the BVG on Thursday.

The transport company wants to start two new transport offers this year, but an exact date has not yet been set.

The Berlkönig vehicles, operated by the Via company, operate in the eastern part of the city. The journeys can be booked using an app, and a computer calculates the route so that as many passengers as possible can board with just a few detours.

Although the duration of the project fell largely during the time of the corona pandemic, around 1.85 million passengers have used the offer so far, the BVG said. The Berlkönig project was about two years ago due to a Controversy over public funding almost ended prematurely.

In the future, the BVG is planning a dial-a-bus, which should also be on duty around the clock in the east of Berlin. The service is designed to take passengers to regular stops and pick them up there. “But direct journeys in the service area will also be possible,” it said. Trips should also be bundled.

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The second project is called “Alternative barrier-free transport”. Here, passengers should be given a transport alternative, especially at train stations that are not yet barrier-free. “By the end of 2023, the U8, parts of the U5 and the Marienfelde S-Bahn station are to be connected in a pilot project. From the beginning of 2024, the offer will then apply throughout Berlin.”

For both services, Via is again responsible for staff, vehicles and software. (dpa)

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