Gurgaon-based intercity bus operator, Yolo Bus, announced its foray in the Northeast from May 25. The tech-enabled mobility provider will be operating inter-city buses in major routes like Guwahati-Tinsukia, Guwahati-Silchar, Guwahati-North Lakhimpur and Guwahati-Duliajan.
In an announcement on May 22, the bus operator said that the company’s primary focus is to expand its full-stack services with completely sanitized buses for every trip across the state of Assam. “The company aims to start offering these superior travel experiences across cities of Guwahati, Tinsukia, Silchar, North Lakhimpur, Duliajan, and the buses will ply from Guwahati to other states as well. The interstate routes would be Guwahati to Imphal via Dimapur and Kohima, Guwahati to Aizwal and Guwahati to Itanagar,” a press release said.
Speaking about the expansion, Shailesh Gupta, CEO & Founder, Yolo Bus, said, “Assam is an important part of our expansion plans. With extensive on-ground research and smart network planning, we have figured out how to run a socially distanced transit system, logistically and equitably. Through smart network planning and dynamic price management, we will strive to provide travelers the safest travel options, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the best offers possible.”
With the COVID-19 pandemic, travelers are searching for safer and more hygienic options to travel. Mukul Shah – COO & Founder, Yolo Bus said, “We are going to charge the growth of the Northeast region’s bus travel market with superior services. We have started hiring local youths in Assam and are investing in their training and development. We believe that this will contribute to skill development in the region and accelerate its economic growth over a period of time. Our goal is to provide a completely new experience in travel.”
The company says, bus fleets partnering with it will provide airline-level services such as bus captains, high-speed Wi-Fi, washrooms, food and beverages, device charging points, etc. Yolo Bus will launch its operations with extensive precautionary measures for every trip. Every passenger will be checked with infra-red temperature measuring guns before onboarding.
Customers will be able to book their essential PPE kits and know the temperature of the bus crew members before booking the bus. The entry to any suspected passenger will be prohibited. The company will introduce a sanitization tunnel for each passenger before onboarding in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The captain, along with the bus driver and staff will wear essential PPE to do away with the risk of contamination, ensuring a safe journey for the passengers.
Yolo Bus will launch 10 busses on eight routes this month. This will be followed by an increase in the number of busses in the next couple of months.