The potential of the office bus
The Office Bus ("Office on wheels") is a pilot project of the professional association BAAV (autocars) and the Flemish Institute for Mobility (VIM), with the support of the Agency Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Vlaio) and in collaboration with Colruyt Group, ICON, Mandelcar, PraktijkCoach, Proximus and VDL Bus & Coach. The office bus is equipped as a full-fledged office and has 24 seats with ergonomic tables to place a laptop, outlets, Wi-Fi connection and access to the company's data network. Travelers have everything available to do their work and they can convert their travel time into worked (and paid) time. During an initial test period, from September 2016 to March 2017, employees of the Colruyt Group site in Halle have used an office bus from Ghent every day. The project was positively evaluated and extended after the test periode.
VIM has asked Traject to investigate the potential of the Office Bus in the rest of Belgium and to map potential routes in Flanders. On the basis of a multi-criteria analysis, promising processes for the Office Bus were determined and a tool was developed that allowed to estimate the potential of certain routes.