QUIBUS (ex NIGHTBUS), Demand-Responsive Transport service in Padua
With more than 210,000 inhabitants, the City of Padua did not have any night-time public transport solution, which undermined the city’s highly developed night-time activity. The provision of a safe evening and night-time transport solution became a necessity to improve the well-being of the population and to maintain the attractiveness of the university campuses which attract some 60,000 students.
In response to these challenges, the local public authorities, in collaboration with the University of Padua, decided to launch a DRT service called Night Bus. Operated by Busitalia Veneto, Padua’s urban transport operator, the NightBus service allows Padua’s residents, especially students, to travel at night in complete freedom and safety.
As a true complement to the public transport service during off-peak hours, the service provides services to all the main night-time activity areas, even those located on the outskirts, offering an alternative to the often accentogenic travel solutions (scooters, cars, bicycles, etc.). In February 2021, a new service, Quibus, complemented NightBus and gave it its name. Linked to the same interfaces, this service completes NightBus’ DRT offer in the school transport segment.