Residents of São Bernardo do Campo and surroundings that regularly access the Berrini region, in the south zone of the city of São Paulo, now have a differentiated public transport option: this week, a bus line that is based on an application started operating . This is the UBus.
The service is provided by Metra, a transportation company that operates metropolitan lines connecting ABCD Paulista (Santo André, São Bernardo do Campo, São Caetano do Sul and Diadema) to the south and east of São Paulo.
Metra is known for having trolleybus, hybrid and electric buses in its fleet. But, for the new service, the company put in operation buses of standard road, which bring reclining seats, air conditioning, internal luggage compartment, Wi-Fi, USB sockets and, according to the legislation, elevator system for wheelchair users .
In addition to the bus itself, what makes the service different is the aforementioned UBus application, available for Android and iOS. It works like this: after the download, the user makes a quick registration, goes to Request Travel and informs the place of origin and destination.
Then, the application will indicate the time of the next trip and the most suitable boarding location. You can choose other times or schedule trips for the next few days. Another difference appears in the next stage: the seat reservation – in this type of bus, passengers do not travel standing up.
Then, just complete the ticket purchase. Payment can be made by credit card or BOM transport card. The UBus will generate a QR Code that the user must validate when entering the bus.
The information for each passenger appears to the driver on a tablet. With this, he learns at which points to stop for boarding and disembarking.
However, this convenience comes at a considerable price: the ticket costs R $ 14.50, about three times the amount the user pays for conventional city buses.
Despite this, Metra states that users who drive frequently from São Bernardo do Campo to Berrini (and vice versa) can save up to R $ 7,300 per year if they opt for the new bus service.
The comparison with cars is no accident. There are a significant number of people who use their own vehicle to go to work. In addition, it is not new that bus companies report loss of passengers to platforms like Uber and 99. If it is more economically advantageous, a bus service like this can help “recover” at least part of these users.
It is worth noting that the 376-SBC line, as it was named, is authorized by EMTU, a public company that manages intermunicipal transport in Greater São Paulo and other regions of the state. Because of this, the vehicles of the new service can circulate in bus-exclusive corridors, which should result in some time gain in travel.