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All aboard the tech bus!

Wednesday, 11th March, 2020 3:56pm

Tech has helped to transform many industries for the better, including some in transport, and one company is hoping to revolutionise the private bus industry in Ireland. 

JourneyBid.com, a new technology start-up based in Galway, enables bus companies to interact directly with passengers to arrange and secure transport. They say hundreds of licensed bus companies all over Ireland have already registered with the newly launched online platform - the first of its kind in Ireland to instantly connect passengers directly with private bus companies.

With JourneyBid’s online marketing platform operators can increase business while also saving time and money for its passengers. The most recently published Goodbody report into the private bus and coach industry in Ireland states that it operates more than 234m vehicle miles per annum and has an estimated turnover of €307m.

Speaking about the launch, Tracy Hadnett, JourneyBid’s Managing Director said: “We have had an overwhelming response from private bus companies about the launch of our platform with hundreds of them now registered with us from every county in Ireland. Passengers no longer need to carry out time consuming, costly searches for private bus hire, either online or by phone. Our system provides them with direct quotes from bus companies for comparison online sent directly to their email inbox and their private dashboard on the website.

“It saves so much time and money and is very simple to use. It’s the perfect solution for corporates, sports or social groups looking to travel and it hugely contributes to sustainable transport solutions.”

While JourneyBid.com does not own any fleet, it acts as a broker, receiving commissions from each booking.

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