Fixing good public transport in the countryside can be tricky. No one wants to leave their car for insufficient bus services. On the other hand it’s hard to invest in new bus services if you can’t be sure that they will be used.
Instead of getting stuck in this dilemma, the inhabitants of Tolg [map], a small village close to Växjö in the South of Sweden, decided to do something about it. After all there are a lot of vehicles moving on the roads, and they are far from full, they thought – and designed a web based car-pooling system.
Through a web site people can offer or ask for rides, and bookings and confirmations can also be made by mobile phone text messages. The passengers pay the driver 6,70 Swedish kronor (about 0,7 Euro) per 10 km, and the money is transferred through the booking system.
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