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With new owner, Bridj aims for a comeback in Australia

Bridj, which shut down earlier this year, had tried to remake transit in Boston and its suburbs with flexible bus routes based on demand and package deliveries via robots.
Bridj, which shut down earlier this year, had tried to remake transit in Boston and its suburbs with flexible bus routes based on demand and package deliveries via robots.(Katherine Taylor for The Boston Globe/File)

A company founded in Boston that sought to remake urban transit before shutting down earlier this year will try to get a new start down under.

Bridj ended its shuttle bus service in April, after an expected investment from Toyota fell through. Now the company’s remnants have been acquired by Australia-based Transit Systems, according to a post late last week on Bridj’s Facebook page, first reported by the technology news site BostInno.

Transit Systems “will be commencing services in Sydney, Australia later this year,” the post said. “The Bridj team is working towards recommencing operations in the USA, in the future.”

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Founder Matt George said he’s “glad that the code and brand have been acquired by Transit Systems for use in their operations,” but said he could not discuss details of the deal because of a nondisclosure agreement. He is not working for Transit Systems.

Transit Systems operates buses in Australian cities. The company did not respond to a request for comment.

Bridj operated in Boston and its closest suburbs for nearly three years, with vast ambitions in the city and beyond. George had hoped to eventually offer a flexible bus service that would adapt its routes based on demand, similar to ride-hail services.

He also explored the development of package-delivering robots, an idea that never came to fruition.

Bridj also sought to work directly with public transit systems, including with a bid to run a late-night bus service for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. It ran shuttle buses for a year in partnership with Kansas City’s transit system, but the service was not widely adopted.

A Bridj sister company that offered bus service to college students was sold earlier this year, to a Virginia transportation planning company.

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Adam Vaccaro can be reached at adam.vaccaro@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamtvaccaro.