RideScout Expands to 69 Cities on 6/9
All-in-one transportation app begins their "Summer of 69" with increased app coverage in North America.
Austin, TX–June 9, 2014: Today, RideScout, the technology platform revolutionizing how people find and use ground transportation, announced their expansion to a total of 69 cities in North America, beginning their "Summer of 69." Prior to today, RideScout had full coverage in five US cities.
In their free iOS and Android apps, RideScout brings together 337 transportation services, enabling 186 million people to search for rides, discover more options and explore dozens of cities, with more coming soon.
"In a short period of time, RideScout has secured relationships with ride providers in these 69 locations and people from cities around the world who have been asking for RideScout, a marketplace for all their transportation options," said Joseph Kopser, Co-Founder and CEO of RideScout. "Our ride search engine has allowed us to scale quickly across North America, integrating both nationwide and hyperlocal solutions, something none of our competitors have been able to match."
RideScout offers national carshare services like Zipcar and car2go, bikeshare systems like Citibike, Bay Area Bikeshare and B-Cycle nationwide, and taxi services like Hailo and Flywheel, enabling the company to expand coast to coast at a rapid pace. Integration of local services like City CarShare in San Francisco, or Gett in New York City tie RideScout to the local transportation community.
"RideScout is a great example of innovation, a company that is moving fast to solve one of our country's biggest challenges–transportation," said Aneesh Chopra, former White House CTO, author of "Innovative State" and current RideScout advisor. "By leveraging available open government data and partnering with private industry, RideScout provides the best of both worlds in one platform, completely changing how people everywhere can make decisions about how they travel."
RideScout aggregates ground transportation services, including public transit, private options, and social rideshare, allowing people to search and compare options on demand and in real time. Last week the company was selected as a winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Data Innovation Challenge, recognizing how RideScout simplifies the way Americans see and understand transportation.
For a list of all 69 cities and available rides, please visit RideScout's website.
Comments on the news
"As our nation's transportation system becomes increasingly complex, the traveling public relies on tools like RideScout to quickly find the information they need to make informed travel decisions," said Scott Belcher, President and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. "RideScout's impressive expansion has transformed mobility and quality of life in dozens of cities across the country, showcasing the power of technology in improving accessibility for all."
"Almost 10 years ago, I myself was frustrated with the lack of transit information available for public consumption, so the TriMet team worked with Google to develop a new way to organize it–GTFS," said Bibiana McHugh, TriMet's IT Manager of Geographic Information Systems. "What RideScout is doing to organize information about all the transportation options available around you is the next phase and something that people in cities around the world want and need."
"Our members have been looking for ways to let more people find out about the forms of mobility that they are offering," said Alan Woodland, Executive Director of the Carsharing Association. "RideScout connects people with the information they need to make better decisions about transportation and get out single occupancy vehicles."
"It's one of my goals as mayor to help the District of Columbia become one of the healthiest, most livable cities in the country," Mayor Gray said. "I'm happy to be a part of RideScout's launch because they are working towards a similar goal–helping to make existing and emerging transportation resources more accessible to all our residents."
"The default answer for transportation in Austin does not have to be a personal car. Companies like RideScout make it easier for Austinites to find the transportation options that work best for them," said Austin Council Member Chris Riley. "For every Austinite who finds an alternative for their commute, RideScout has helped all of us by taking one more car off the road."
"I am constantly seeking ways to make it easier for people to get around Boston, from late-night trains to more bike lanes," said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "As we update our Climate Action Plan, we will be looking for new technologies that will make it easier for Bostonians to reduce their carbon footprint."
"The Commission is pleased to welcome burgeoning options like RideScout that facilitate public transportation in the District," said DC Taxicab Commission Chairman Ron M. Linton.
RideScout is a technology platform that aggregates public, private and social rideshare on its free iOS and Android apps, allowing people to search and compare ground transportation options on demand and in real time. Hailed as the Kayak™ of ground transportation, RideScout shows users transit, taxi, ride share, car share, bike share, carpool, walking, biking, driving and parking in one view. The company is based in Austin, TX, with a Washington, DC, office at startup campus 1776. Please visit www.ridescoutapp.com for more information or Google Drive for RideScout's media kit and app screenshots.