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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.

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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. 

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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

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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 hi@bandwagon.io. 

Big Apps 2.0: NYC's Urban Data Challenge

NYC BigApps is back – with more data than you can shake an iPhone at. From Urban Omnibus:

The City of New York is hosting its second competition for web and mobile applications, NYC BigApps 2.0, to “increase government transparency and provide greater public access to city data.” Developers are invited to mine 350 data sets from NYC DataMine as the basis for apps that deliver information about various aspects of the city, ranging from education to transport, in a clear and creative manner. The organizers hope that the competition will help to provide “talented entrepreneurs with the tools to create new products. “We encourage the development of applications that can then be commercialized, spurring job growth and economic development in New York City,” says Deputy Mayor Steele in the competition press release. The submission period lasts through January 12 and winners will be announced in March. Get inspired to participate by browsing through the app gallery of last year’s winners — or by the $20,000 in cash prizes to be awarded this time around.