ViaVan and Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) have partnered up to offer on-demand shared ride services to essential healthcare workers to help transport them during the coronavirus public health crisis.
From March 25 to April 19, the BerlKönig service will suspend 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.
Chris Snyder, ViaVan chief executive, said: “Getting critical staff to work reliably and safely has never been more important.
“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.”
During this time, the BerlKönig will operate from 9pm to 5:30am 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.