Crushing the CES Albatross…INSANE TAXI LINES!

We’re back at the world’s watering hole for consumer technology innovators and junkies, with a fast getaway–smart taxisharing. Bandwagon is, simply, the most efficient and sustainable modal option for ridiculously crowded events like CES (170,000 attendees!) Log into the app or find an agent at CES taxi stands to find a taxishare going in the same direction and jump the taxi line! Save time, cash and CO2 with true ridesharing. More details here

Bandwagon Partners w/JetBlue to Bring Taxisharing to JFK

Yes…Skip Those Taxi Lines During the Holiday Hustle


We are thrilled to announce a new partnership between Bandwagon and JetBlue at JFK, just in time for the holiday rush!  Now, travelers can share taxis, jump the long lines, save up to 40% on the fare, and reduce your carbon footprint from both LGA and JFK (T4 & T5).

For every 10 matches made at JFK Terminal 5 with the Bandwagon app, JFK will offset one metric ton of C02 with Carbonfund, a non-profit that provides certified, permanent, and audited greenhouse emissions offsets. Bandwagon’s taxisharing service will also be available at Terminal 4. 

Bandwagon’s app partners local travelers in taxi queues who are going the same way, enabling them to bypass wait lines, join a taxishare priority line and share the fare. Bandwagon facilitates seamless fare splitting via cash, credit card and PayPal. Click here for more details.

Bandwagon airport taxishare featured on CNN and NBC

In a recent profile of taxi alternatives, CNN technology correspondent Samuel Burke caught up with CEO David Mahfouda and a few Bandwagon riders at LaGuardia Airport, where Bandwagon’s app and rideshare technicians match together passengers on the taxi line who are going the same way. Bandwagon riders save up to 40%, and are given priority access to NYC taxi cabs, speeding up the line for everybody.

And in a segment last month for our hometown NBC affiliate, reporter Lynda Baquero spoke to David and profiled Bandwagon’s LaGuardia Airport service.

Cut CO2 w/Taxisharing!


Since May, Bandwagon riders have saved 8,170 pounds of CO2 by taxisharing from LaGuardia Airport. And every match saves about 8.5 gallons of fuel.

We’re doing our part behind the scenes also: Bandwagon’s proposal for a citywide taxishare pilot is now in the hands of Mayor de Blasio’s office, the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission, Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer, and major stakeholders in the taxi industry. We want to make it easier to share taxis throughout New York City—during rush hour, shift change, from MSG or Central Park during the next papal visit? The possibilities for taxisharing abound.

Meanwhile, Bandwagon users are continuing to draw the attention of the media, who have called the service a valuable addition to the taxi ecosystem, and one that supports licensed drivers. Here’s CNN’s Samuel Burke’s recent visit to LaGuardia, and Fortune Live, where our CEO David Mahfouda and our friend Daniel Ramot of Via discussed behavior change to reduce congestion.

Summer festivalling? Carpool with our friend, Tripda!


You have taxisharing down but what about carpooling for a longer haul? Ride sharing to a music festival, weekend road trip, or to/from campus through Craigslist can be difficult, scary, and awkward. Some thoughts that may have crossed your mind during these situations include:

-How do I know I’ll be safe?

-How and when do we split the cost of gas?

-Is it okay if I eat in the car?

-If you’re an extravert: What if it’s dead silence for the entire ride?

-If you’re an introvert: What if they don’t shut up?

-Will they be okay with me blasting Taylor Swift’s new album?

-What if their feet smell? Eww.

-Oh crap. What if MY feet smell?

Say goodbye to these thoughts, shady craigslist listings, and desperate last-minute posts on your campus’s “Class of Whatever” Facebook group. With Tripda – a long-distance carpooling community – you can offer rides, find rides, meet new people, save money, and stay green! The best part is that Tripda verifies users through Facebook/phone and publishes user-submitted reviews of drivers and riders. Drivers can also set prices as well as preferences for pets, food, music, and level of chattiness to make sure they’re matched with the most compatible riders.

Learn more!

Roll out the red (and orange) carpet: Bandwagon debuts at LGA

Big news! 

Bandwagon can now help you crush those long cab lines at LGA.  This week, just in time for Memorial Day travel, Bandwagon brings smart taxisharing to LaGuardia Airport in partnership with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.  Bandwagon’s smart taxisharing technology and priority ridesharing lines at Laguardia will seamlessly allow New Yorkers and visitors to get to the office, hotel or home faster and save 40% on the fare.  


Now, you can find Bandwagon at cab lines in LaGuardia terminals B, D and, soon, C during peak travel periods (when the lines are unbearably long) Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings/Monday evenings on long weekends. Share a taxi via Bandwagon, skip the line by joining the rideshare priority line, and save time, money and CO2 emissions!

In Taxisharing We Trust

- Bandwagon

The Future is Now!

Today, Bandwagon released a new future booking feature. We did this after extensive user feedback asking for advanced booking capability. Now, you can book shared cab rides in advance on Bandwagon’s app.


Whether you’re waiting at the gate or deplaning, between acts at a concert, checking your phone during half time, intermission, or (yawn) in the last conference panel of the day, post your future ride request and Bandwagon will find others going your way. We’ll be tracking usership trends to see how people are using it and where it’s most effective. Hop On!

Check it out. Don’t have the app? Download here

Bandwagon @ Seafood Expo 2015

Seafood Expo 2015, the largest seafood trade event in North America, took place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from March 15-17. The show had an estimated 20,000 attendees, many of whom relied on taxis to get around. By facilitating taxi shares, Bandwagon made a splash – creating unique networking experiences, saving conference attendees valuable time, and reducing emissions and congestion for the BCEC. Until next time, Boston!


Curb Crunch 101

Bandwagon tackles a problem that convention attendees and airport travelers have become all too familiar with. We call it Curb Crunch.

Curb Crunch is what happens when thousands of people leave a convention, event or airport at the same time. They try to get to that next after party, event, airport or hotel and form a single line. Each attendee takes an entire cab to themselves. As those empty seats drive away, the line gets longer.

Attendees grow impatient – an event host’s nightmare. They begin to forget the how amazing their convention, event or trip was – and turn their focus instead on the misery of the line.

Bandwagon brings the 21st century to the cab-line. Attendees and event organizers rejoice!


With Bandwagon, attendees can connect with other people heading their way using their smartphones or tablet kiosks. They can network, chat about how great the show was and fill up more seats.

Matching during the line means each cab has more people, which means the lines move fast. Real fast. In lines of twenty people or more, Bandwagon matches nearly one third of all passengers. That’s more than six minutes saved on a twenty minute cab line.

For event organizers, this means a reduced environmental impact which can be attributed to the organization hosting the event. What’s more, the entire cab line can be opened up for sponsorship and become a revenue generator for your show.

Bandwagon has been proven at International CES, the largest technology show in the world, at Newark International Airport, and at Grand Central Station in NYC.

To find out more about Bandwagon, to learn about how it can generate revenue at your event, e-mail

We're Baaaack!

Last week Bandwagon rescued the beleaguered from taxi lines at CES 2015 as the official ridesharing service provider for the world’s largest consumer electronics convention (160,000+ attendees!) at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


Photo Courtesy of Richard Zajac, @rickyzstl

Our second year at CES, Bandwagon’s trusty priority access Hop Lanes led to more than 200% growth in usership over last year. Twenty Las Vegas hotels, from the Bellagio to Circus Circus, also partnered with us to speed up long waits for rides to the Convention Center—improving riders’ moods by saving time, cutting fares, AND CO2.

 “CES 2015 was a perfect place to implement a smarter, more efficient mobility option,” said David Mahfouda, founder and CEO of Bandwagon. Our crowd was, of course, super tech savvy.

 Last year’s widely covered opposition by the Vegas taxi industry to app-based transportation networks posed a huge opportunity for Bandwagon. Check out local NBC coverage for more: 

 If you’re in the market for a sink, we’re going back to Vegas next week for the Kitchen & Bath Show. Stay tuned for more gigs.

Hop on! / @hibandwagon

Happy New Year, Happy CES!

Over the weekend, Bandwagon said goodbye to the Urban Future Lab for a few days and said hello to Las Vegas. The entire team is here for International CES 2015, the world’s biggest technology show, which runs until Friday. We couldn’t be more excited to help Bandwagoners find rideshares, help the environment, and save their money and time for everything Vegas has to offer.

At CES, a friend with Bandwagon is a friend indeed

If you were worried about the famously long cab queues at the Las Vegas Convention Center, fear no more. Find someone to share your cab with using the Bandwagon app, and hop, skip, or jump your way to the front of the line. For the second year, we are proud to be working with CES to give priority taxi access to users who find matches with Bandwagon.

Bandwagon is also at hotels and the airport

At McCarran Airport and at hotel taxi lines across the city, you can also use Bandwagon to find others going your way.

The more the merrier (and the share-ier)

Let people know you’re on Bandwagon using Twitter or Facebook with the hashtags #HopOn #CES2015, and encourage others to join. You can always invite friends by clicking “Invite Friends” in the app’s main menu—and look for a referral credit there too, which can be used toward rides in cities where we work directly with taxis.

Happy New Year and happy CES from all of us here at Team Bandwagon!

Bandwagon Wins Ford Urban Commuter Challenge

Winners of the Ford Urban Commuter Challenge were revealed yesterday – and we’re one of them! Bandwagon answered the challenge to create commuter-focused software to help commuters get around the world’s largest city, Shanghai.

For Shanghai, Bandwagon developed a mobile web application and hub-view that quickly enables commuters at crowded transportation hubs to see nearby passengers and departing rides. Our mobile web app is lighter and faster to use than our native iPhone and Android applications. The mobile web app also reduces the need for physical transportation solutions — enabling Shanghai to more rapidly deploy Bandwagon’s sharing networks at its most crowded transportation centers.

But you don’t need to be in Shanghai to check it out what we cooked up: type in your phone’s browser, anywhere in the world – now, no download needed!

Bandwagon launches partnership with United Airlines' Eco-Skies

Sharing taxis and rides from the airport is among our users’ favorite ways to move with Bandwagon. It can cut the cost of a ride home in half. And given the crush of people and cars often going the same way, snaking a path back to the city, sharing rides helps reduce wait times, speeds up traffic, and cuts pollution.

That’s why we’re proud to announce a new partnership with United Airlines’ Eco-Skies program, to bring Bandwagon to even more travelers at one of the largest airport terminals in the country, United’s Terminal C at Newark International Airport. The program will be the first such digital real-time ridesharing program at any airport in the U.S.

By sharing a ride with Bandwagon, arriving United customers can save up to 60 percent of the cost of a typical car service. They’ll be helping the planet too: the program could save over 42,000 gallons of gasoline and 80,000 pounds of CO2 emissions over the next 12 months.

To rideshare at United’s Newark Terminal C, all you have to do is enter your destination in the Bandwagon app. As Bandwagon’s state-of-the-art Ridebatch Server looks for the most convenient match, rides appear on a number of responsive displays throughout United’s Terminal C baggage claim area.


“Think of it as a tech-savvy way to shout out to everyone in baggage claim looking for shared car service,” says Bandwagon Art Director Brendan Dalton. When the Ridebatch Server finds you a convenient match, its easy to meet at a designated Rideshare Meetup spot within the terminal. You can then book a car service directly through Bandwagon and split the fare digitally.

Jigar Shah, author of Creating Climate Wealth and a Bandwagon user, is enthusiastic about the program.

“I travel to and from Newark often, so the costs add up. United’s Eco-Skies Bandwagon program isn’t just a win for the environment: it also makes it a lot easier and inexpensive for me to fly United.”

Joe Sitt, Founder and Chairman of the Global Gateway Alliance, an industry group campaigning for improvements to area airports, also applauds the partnership. “This partnership between Bandwagon and United is a great step in utilizing 21st century technology to improve transportation to and from New York and New Jersey airports, to make rides more efficient and affordable, and to bring us closer to the amenities offered by the world class airports that we compete with.”

While Bandwagon can be used anywhere to find a ride partner—and in New York City, a ride—we also design and build digital real-time ridesharing systems with transportation hubs, large events, and companies in mind. In addition to the system installed at Newark, Bandwagon also offers the Hop Lane, a system for matching riders who are already waiting on taxi lines. Bandwagon debuted this time-, cost- and carbon-saving system at the International CES 2014 in Las Vegas, and has since brought it to other events and convention centers.

In January, we’re bringing the Hop system back to Las Vegas to help alleviate the crunch of curb-side congestion, and get visitors to their destination in a way that’s speedy and social.

Why the Prince of Denmark Dropped By


For the past two weeks, the wonderful team at the Urban Future Lab has been busy, helping to transform the big room into an elegant showcase for clean technologies, just in time for Climate Week. And on Monday, the Crown Prince of Denmark dropped by to cut the ribbon.

He didn’t just drop by—he hung out too, checking in on the Lab’s Danish startups, chatting with hot shots in the city’s cleantech and urban fields, and touring the office (and our awesome view of Brooklyn and Manhattan) with Frank Jensen, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen.


Bjarke Ingles shows Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Count of Monpezat, RE, SKmd, a proposal for a more resilient Manhattan waterfront 

The Prince and the Mayor also got a taste of the BIG U, a proposed redevelopment for the southern tip and sides of Manhattan intended to protect the island from rising tides. “You know the High Line?” architect Bjarke Ingles asked the Prince. Uh huh, his highness replied. “This is the ‘Dry Line.’” Everyone snickered. 

The Prince’s visit to the showcase, on the eve of the UN’s climate meeting here in New York, wasn’t totally out of the blue: Denmark and its capital city have become global leaders in sustainable, resilient solutions for energy and for cities. The showcase, called House of Green, and organized by the Danish Cleantech Hub, is meant to underscore the country’s contributions and bring it to market in New York and around the country.

“As mayors, we must create livability for our citizens,” Jensen said during the ribbon cutting for House of Green. He cited the C40 network of cities, hailed the 400,000-strong People’s Climate March on Sunday, and noted that Copenhagen is on track to become a carbon neutral city.

The same day, our own mayor Bill De Blasio announced a comprehensive plan to reduce New York's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels. That would make our hometown the largest city in the world to make that kind of commitment.

Getting to more sustainable, resilient cities isn’t always easy. But the Prince’s visit to the Urban Future Lab was a reminder that that effort is much easier when the private and public sectors can find ways to collaborate and act together. 

As Shakespeare’s Danish prince put it: “The readiness is all.”

Aloha, Energy Innovators!


We love the warmth and beauty of Hawaii as much as anyone. That’s just one of many reasons we’re excited to be part of the 2015 class of the Energy Excelerator, a novel startup program in Honolulu devoted to "high quality energy entrepreneurs" and their innovations. 

Along with $5M in funding for the selected 17 startups, the Energy Excelerator will provide valuable guidance as we and our classmates expand our markets and advance sustainable consumption. Hawaii presents a special challenge and opportunity for Bandwagon: in terms of traffic congestion, Honolulu is often ranked last among U.S. cities, alongside L.A.

“Bandwagon is excited to get to Hawaii and start hacking on new traffic congestion and pollution problems, and to dig into the airport and event markets from Honolulu to Beijing,“ says David, our CEO.

"Anybody who flies into Honolulu and drives into town—heading to Waikiki, for example—you are immediately struck by the H-1 freeway, seven lanes of traffic going in the same direction,” Dan Grabauskas, executive director and CEO of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation ­(HART), told CityLab. “And if you land at rush hour, it’s a standstill. It surprises people when they come here, to see how much congestion we face." 

The firms involved come from across the spectrum: transportation, agriculture, water, energy efficiency, grid, and resilience.

“We saw a huge jump in the quality of companies applying to our program, with 85 percent having already raised external funding,” says Dawn Lippert, Director of the Energy Excelerator. “Beyond the high level trends, we get to see how emerging energy companies have structured their businesses and how they are targeting the market. We’re looking for where their approach to the market matches the pain points we hear from our public and private sector partners.”

Last year, the Energy Excelerator received a multi-year $30M commitment from the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research to support the commercialization of game-changing clean energy technologies. These new companies double the size of the Energy Excelerator portfolio, who have gone on to raise over $55M of follow-on funding.



You can check out our entire Energy Excelerator 2015 class below:

Bandwagon connects passengers to share rides and taxi fares through their mobile app. | @hibandwagon

Bidgely tells homeowners how much energy each appliance uses by extracting energy signatures - without the need for lots of hardware sensors. | @bidgely

BrightBox Technologies improves HVAC performance and comfort, and lowers operating costs, through optimization software.

BrightLight Systems combines energy efficient lighting and automation. | @brightlightsys

Edisun Heliostats develops low cost concentrated solar power with built-in storage using rocks as a storage medium.

Effortless Energy offers free home energy upgrades at no cost to customers. | @goeffortless

FreeWire Technologies combines robotics and energy storage to create a network of mobile electric vehicle chargers. | @freewiretech 

Go Electric delivers the next generation of microgrids for facilities that need to attach or detach to utility power at a moment’s notice.

Infinite Invention supports the integration of solar on the electric grid through plug-and-play solar connection and control.

Kunoa Cattle Company enables large-scale local food production powered by renewables.

kWh Analytics reduces financial risk and enables solar financing through analysis of asset performance. | @kwhanalytics

Prota Culture produces biodiesel and animal feed from organic waste.

Rebound Technology turns supermarket freezers into batteries. | @reboundtech 

Ridescout aggregates public, private, and social transportation options into one mobile app. | ridescout

Shifted Energy creates a virtual power plant of electric water heaters to store excess renewable energy and deliver demand response. | @shiftedenergy 

Spider9 develops smart controllers that make large battery systems more reliable and profitable. | @spider9inc1

TransitScreen synthesizes all sustainable transportation options in real time into one screen. | @transitscreen

Photos by Energy Excelerator and Kyle Nishioka

Bandwagon and RideScout: making it easier than ever to rideshare


To make sharing a ride even more of a snap, Bandwagon is linking up with our friends at RideScout, the super cool app that gives users nearby transportation options, as it delves deeper into the world of ridesharing

From the app’s wide range of transit choices, RideScout users can now search for a Bandwagon shared ride in NYC—and soon, in more of the dozens of cities covered by RideScout. We’re excited to be integrating into RideScout alongside Carma, the carpooling app that’s bringing commuters together for shared rides in cities around the US and Europe. 

Making it easier to find a match anywhere

Wherever you are and wherever you’re going, Bandwagon can help you connect with someone nearby who is going your way so you can split the cost of any ride. At crowded places, Bandwagon can be especially useful, providing instant transportation solutions curb-side at airports and events and hubs

As ridesharing grows in popularity, Bandwagon is committed to building an open model, one that can match riders going the same way and give them access to a range of options. We’re all about real ridesharing—splitting the costs of a ride with another passenger—and we’re proud to collaborate with RideScout, which shares our vision of providing transportation options that are open, affordable and good for our cities. 

Growing our fleet in New York without adding new vehicles to the road

As demand for scheduled shared rides to and from airports and other places in New York City continues to grow, Bandwagon is committed to providing quality and reliable service while making better use of existing taxis and vehicles, rather than adding more to the streets. 

That’s why we’re rapidly growing our network of cars and drivers by working with local car services—we recently welcomed an additional 300 cars into our NYC fleet


The power to see empty seats

An amazing number of seats in cars remain empty, while the cars that contain them leave a heavy mark on our wallets and our roads. 

We can use those seats. Giving people the power to make better use of that underutilized resource —and get where they’re going faster and cheaper—is an important tool for making our transportation more accessible and affordable and efficient. And it helps make the places we live better too. We’re committed to that idea, and we are proud to share RideScout’s vision for the future of transit: one in which we move better when we move together.

How to upgrade the taxi line by sharing

That awful, winding taxi line at the airport or the hotel or the trade show. We don’t need to tell you how bad it can be.

But the line holds opportunity too. There are often many other folks in line who are going your way and who could split the fare with you. If only you could find them. 

When Bandwagon meets curb-side taxi lines at airports and hotels and events and conventions, people can seize that opportunity: by matching up with others going the same way—and skipping the whole line—Bandwagon users shorten not only their wait time, but that of other passengers and drivers, while cutting costs and congestion for everyone.


With the HOP Lane—think an HOV lane for the taxi line—Bandwagon adds the incentive of a shorter wait time in addition to fewer dollars spent and fewer greenhouse gases emitted. In the process, Bandwagon moves the taxi line and taxis along faster too, reducing the “curb churn” that can plague an airport or event or hotel at busy times.

And all of this can make some people giddy. That’s what it did, for instance, in Las Vegas, at this year’s International CES, America’s biggest tech show.

We made a video about the taxi line upgrade at CES—it’s at the top of this blog post. Among the benefits of the HOP Lane at CES: over a thousand sharing passengers, over $18,000 and 250 hours saved, and over a thousand pounds of CO2 emissions avoided. 


Our attention to sustainability earned us a nice affirmation at CES too: a panel of judges assembled by Verizon chose us from among over a thousand companies to receive one of the company's inaugural Powerful Answers Awards in sustainability.

If you’re not signed up, you can hop on now by getting the free app for iOS and Android. Wherever you’re going, anywhere in the world, you can use Bandwagon now to search for strangers going the same way. And heads up: in NYC you can use can also use Bandwagon to book a shared ride to the airport at a great price


Thanks for Bandwagoning. Making transportation better wouldn’t be possible without all of you.

To learn more about how Bandwagon can be useful for your event, hotel or hub, visit our events page, or reach our team at 

Share Bandwagon with your friends and you both benefit

You know that Bandwagon is the most affordable trip to and from NYC Airports, but in just in case you want to save even more money on travel, we now have a referrals program.

Get $10 off Bandwagon when you refer a friend.


Look for the $10 promo code under the “Invite Friends” tab in your app Menu. When friends enter your code and take their first Bandwagon ride they’ll get $10 off, and you’ll receive a $10 reward credit! 

So spread the word: Bandwagoning is better with friends.

— Nadia

Tapping Into the Power of Local Drivers


For rides booked in advance, Bandwagon relies upon one of the largest and modern fleets of private car service vehicles in New York City. And growing. Today, we’re pleased to welcome 300 drivers into our flock, through a new partnership with one of Brooklyn’s leading car service companies, Eastern Car Service that more than doubles our network of shareable, comfortable, energy-efficient vehicles

We’re dedicated to improving service while working with existing TLC-licensed cars and drivers in New York, with the aim of increasing transportation access for New Yorkers while reducing congestion and waste. 

In addition to expanding riders’ access to cars in New York City, Bandwagon’s ridesharing model reduces prices when demand is high by connecting fellow travelers to share cabs and split the cost. (On Thursday and Friday, an individual seat in a Bandwagon to an NYC airport costs as low as $12.)

And with partners like Eastern, we are also helping businesses consolidate their trips, and addressing the problem of “curb crunch” situations at the airport, conferences and events. Our ride dispatch system in NYC now taps into a fleet of over 500 vehicles (including dozens of hybrids) managed by our local base station partners. 

If you’re a car service interested in partnering with us, reach Ugur Inanc at

Image: Jason Lawrence

See the Ridesharing Community on a Real-Time Map

Where my friends at? An excellent question. When looking for a partner on Bandwagon, wouldn’t it be great to see other people searching for a ride too? Now you can.

With our new user icons, Bandwagon is now the first app to show you where the riding public is, making it easier to share your ride.


Look out for other Bandwagoners in your ‘hood, indicated with the blue icon.


See you on Bandwagon!