Buser is no longer the only platform that can be considered an “Uber of buses”: this Thursday (14), the 4Bus officially starts operating in Santa Catarina. The service by application (for Android and iOS) promises road transport for values up to 60% cheaper compared to the tickets offered by traditional bus services.
For now, the 4Bus it only highlights trips from Florianópolis to Curitiba or São Paulo and vice versa, but, over time, routes across Brazil may be added, both intercity and interstate.
There just needs to be demand. The company explains that the user himself can suggest a destination – if a group is assembled from there, the trip takes place. If there is a cancellation, users will be notified up to 48 hours in advance and will be able to recover the amount paid or use it as a credit for another trip.
Basically, what this type of service does is set up travel groups and hire bus charter companies to fulfill the routes. 4Bus claims that the vehicles connected to its platform are new and bring features such as Wi-Fi, TV and USB socket for recharging cell phones.
4Bus is the result of a partnership between the Association of Tourist Transportation and Charter Companies of Santa Catarina (Aettusc) and the Cooperative of Road Transport of Passengers, Services and Technology (Buscoop). The investment to put the platform to work is estimated at R $ 20 million.
Unsurprisingly, bus companies that operate regular routes are not enjoying this at all. To the site Total NSC, the Union of Passenger Transport Companies in Santa Catarina (Setpesc) said that it has already denounced the 4Bus to the National Land Transport Agency (ANTT) and that it will take the company to court.
“It is clandestine. This is very serious. It can break companies. They are not committed, like us, to grant gratuities, such as two seats for the elderly and 50% discount to others [idosos que não conseguirem a gratuidade]”, Declared Elias Sombrio, superintendent of Setpesc.