THE POLYBUS SYSTEM IN BRIEF
The POLYBUS SYSTEM consists of many vehicles,
each fitted with Satellite GPS, computer, ticket printer, digital
radio and suitable software to operate in conjunction with a fixed
SYSTEM CENTRE so that requests telephoned to the SYSTEM CENTRE
result in an appropriate vehicle arriving within a specified
time at the door however remote. (Appropriate means that the vehicle
is near the requestor, has enough seats available and is already
going in the right direction to pickup and deliver other passengers.)
A computer on each vehicle together with the other components
of the system ensures that each job is automatically allocated
to the most "appropriate" vehicle.
The "appropriate" vehicle will then
take the group of passengers, "door to door", anywhere
within a given area (in rural areas POLYBUS will establish a route
to a nearby or the quickest connection with a conventional bus
or train to continue the journey). Similarly, on a return journey
the same procedure will apply to ensure "door to door"
journeys within a reasonable time and cost.
To ensure that POLYBUS is as available as the
private car, the service will run for 24 hours a day, weekends
and holidays. It will be more convenient than a private car for
many journeys, though not all, as goods can be carried, accompanied
or otherwise, and delivered to the door at a convenient time.
The average price will be of the order of £1.00
per mile per group of passengers, tickets will be provided and
journeys will have a fixed price irrespective of the route or
Journeys will never be more than 50 per cent
longer in time than with a private car (driven within the speed
limits) and overall journey time will be less than for
a bus or taxi. Passengers will however have to share with up to
three other passengers, though the average occupancy will be two
passenger groups, giving an increase of 200 per cent on conventional
taxi operation in urban areas.