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On-Demand Interstate Bus Services

The FlixBus Service Incorporates Elements of Uber and Lyft

— May 17, 2018 — Autos
Originally launched in Germany, the FlixBus service aims to enhance bus travel by incorporating elements of Uber or Lyft. Working as a middleman, the bus service doesn't operate its own fleet. Instead, the service works with passengers and independent transportation companies. This allows the FlixBus service to offer flexible pricing based on distance and demand. In Europe, the service currently has close to 300 partners and is able to offer incredibly cheap prices for extended travels.

Having achieved considerable success in Europe, the FlixBus service is now planning an expansion into the US. The service currently has partnerships with six bus lines including, Arrow Stage Lines, American Explorer Motorcoach, Gray Line Arizona, Pacific Coachways, Transportation Charter Services and USA Coach Services. FlixBus will work closely with these partners to ensure a level of luxury on the busses including, free Wi-Fi, power outlets and USB ports for every seat.


Image Credit: FlixBus
Trend Themes
1. On-demand Interstate Bus Services - The trend of on-demand interstate bus services that incorporate elements of Uber and Lyft creates disruptive innovation opportunities for traditional bus companies to enhance flexibility and pricing based on distance and demand.
2. Partnerships with Independent Transportation Companies - The trend of partnering with independent transportation companies allows bus services to expand their network and offer a wider range of services, disrupting traditional bus travel.
3. Expansion of Flixbus Service Into the US - The expansion of the successful FlixBus service into the US market opens up disruptive innovation opportunities for the intercity bus industry to provide luxurious amenities and improve overall customer experience.
Industry Implications
1. Intercity Bus Service - The intercity bus service industry can adopt the trend of on-demand services and partnerships with independent transportation companies to stay competitive and attract a broader customer base.
2. Transportation Technology - The transportation technology industry can provide innovative software and platforms that facilitate the on-demand interstate bus services and enable efficient operations and customer management.
3. Travel and Tourism - The travel and tourism industry can benefit from the expansion of the FlixBus service by offering package deals and promotions that incorporate the on-demand bus travel experience and attract more travelers.
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