Sunday 11 December 2016

New start-up to help commuters and keep the capital moving

David Kearns

Published 08/09/2016 | 02:30

CitySwifter.com enables commuters to crowdsource their transport and book private bus seats
CitySwifter.com enables commuters to crowdsource their transport and book private bus seats

Hundreds of Dublin commuters hoping to avoid the predicted travel chaos caused by striking Dublin Bus drivers have put their faith in a new transport start-up.

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CitySwifter.com enables commuters to crowdsource their transport and book private bus seats.

The brainchild of Longford trio Brian O'Rourke, Alan Farrelly and Sean Byrne, all graduates of Dublin City University, the service allows commuters to enter their journey requests on CitySwifter.com and match with fellow passengers so that a private bus can be booked to bring them to and from work.

"Each collection and drop-off responds to the location and time request of the commuter," co-founder Brian O'Rourke told the Irish Independent.

"We've had a hectic few nights ensuring everything is ready for today. Yesterday we'd 1,200 people seeking to arrange pick-ups, so we're hopeful there's a real demand for the service. If we get a few hundred people to work today, that's success for us."

He added: "We're not looking to replace Dublin Bus. We just want to offer an alternative solution for those who don't live near Luas or Dart lines, or who want leave the car at home."

Prices for CitySwifter.com differ depending on demand but commuters can expect to pay between €6 and €8 for a return journey on the service.

Visit CitySwifter.com for more information.

Irish Independent

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