ViaVan and BVG introduce dynamic mobility solution for essential workers

March 27, 2020
BerlKönig service to temporarily shift focus during the coronavirus pandemic for free and exclusive use by healthcare workers until April 19.

ViaVan and Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) are partnering to transform BerlKönig, Berling, Germany’s on-demand shared ride service, into a dynamic public transit service for the city’s essential healthcare workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

From March 25 to April 19, BerlKönig is suspending regular operations and the service will exclusively provide free on-demand rides for medical and nursing staff during night-time hours. Authorized healthcare workers will be asked to provide documentation to register for the service.

“Getting critical staff to work reliably and safely has never been more important,” said Chris Snyder, CEO of ViaVan. “Digitally-enabled transport services like the BerlKönig can play a key role in allowing public transport to adapt to demand amidst rapidly changing situations. We are proud to apply our technology and operational expertise to support essential mobility for critical healthcare workers in Berlin during these challenging times.”

“With our large buses and trains, we offer all Berliners who still need to be mobile in this difficult situation a reliable and stable offer,” said Dr. Rolf Erfurt, chief operating officer of BVG. “Healthcare workers, doctors and nurses are also currently delivering top performance. For that we say thank you with our BerlKönig special trips!"

During this time, the BerlKönig will operate from 9:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. in an expanded zone, transporting workers during shift changes when and where transport is needed most. The service area includes the entire S-Bahn ring and an extension to the city outskirts to include additional hospitals. Rides will be limited to three passengers per vehicle to allow for proper social distancing, in line with public health recommendations.