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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

Cut CO2 w/Taxisharing!

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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!

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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!

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!

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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 mark@bandwagon.io

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.

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“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.