Collaborative Consumption as Disaster Preparedness


Reading this interesting article on Co.Exist reminded us at Bandwagon of our experience in the fall during Hurricane Sandy. As a New York City-based company, we saw the enormous impact the disaster had on transportation and we wondered how taxi-sharing could help. When the Port Authority of NY and NJ called us to help the pile-up of airplane passengers trying to disembark at LaGuardia during the fuel shortage that followed the Hurricane, we jumped at the chance. Bandwagon facilitated hundreds of passengers’ shared taxi rides, making better use of a limited resource. We’ve seen taxi-sharing work before in reaction to a disaster, and we hope it’s there in a future as a tool in major cities.