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One Tap Trip Search

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Hey Android users!

You might have noticed that we recently incorporated the ability to save “work” and “home” addresses in our app. Today, we’re taking it one step further and introducing One Tap Trip Search!

We heard from many that you wanted saved work and home locations in the app, and after digging into our data, we realized that 85% of you are booking between two similar locations at the same time each morning and evening. Just giving you the option to save your addresses didn’t seem like enough, so we have developed a home screen that will appear each time you open the app, giving you the option to search for trips with one tap.

How it works:

Based on your current location and the time of day the app will either display an “I’m Going Home!” icon or an “I’m Going to Work!” icon. Your current location will automatically display below the icon, so you can be sure that you’re searching pickup locations nearby.

Still want to double check the addresses before purchasing? On the trip list screen you can see your origin and destination addresses.

Not interested in using the One Tap TripSearch? That’s ok! Tap the “I’m going somewhere else.” button to head back to the map screen.

Start using One Tap Trip Search to save your most frequently used addresses. You can also save or edit your favorite locations from your account page or the map screen.

P.S. iOS users, don’t be sad. We expect to roll out this feature to you in the coming weeks too!

Feedback and questions can be directed to support@bridj.com or through the support tab in the app.

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Bridj is coming to Kansas City!

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Bridj is coming to Kansas City!

Bridj, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority Launch Pilot Program to Extend Urban Mobility with Ford Transit Vans

·       First U.S. public-private collaboration brings together a major U.S. transit system, an automaker and an urban technology company to enhance existing mass transit by providing greater mobility options to residents of Kansas City

·       Ford is exclusive vehicle provider for Ride KC: Bridj because of its commitment to developing smarter transportation systems through its Ford Smart Mobility plan

·       By improving access to jobs, one-year pilot program will be a catalyst for social and economic opportunity

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Feb. 11, 2016 – Kansas City commuters will be first in the nation to test a unique solution for increased urban mobility.

Urban technology company Bridj is teaming up with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority to launch Ride KC: Bridj – a pilot program using a network of locally built Ford Transit vans to provide a new way to access areas of Kansas City that are rich in jobs and housing.

This transformative program is the first U.S. public-private partnership that brings together a major U.S. transit agency, an automaker and an urban technology company with the aim of enhancing Kansas City’s existing mass transit system by providing greater access and mobility to residents.

“Today, we are bringing another transit option to the region with the introduction of microtransit,” said Robbie Makinen, KCATA president and CEO. “By combining the intelligence of Bridj technology with capable and flexible Ford Transit vehicles, we are creating a seamless and borderless transportation network for our residents that is easy to use, comfortable and affordable.”

Ride KC: Bridj is scheduled to launch in early March. Powered by billions of data points, Bridj’s platform determines where riders want to go and how to get them there most efficiently. Using the Bridj mobile app, riders can request on-demand shuttle service that they can access via pop-up shuttle stations.

“Bridj is thrilled to be the urban technology platform for Ride KC: Bridj,” said Matt George, CEO of Bridj. “Modernizing urban infrastructure will be the single greatest technology challenge of our time, and this pilot is part of the solution by significantly extending the current capabilities of Kansas City’s mass transit system.”

Ford is the exclusive vehicle provider for Ride KC: Bridj because of its commitment to enabling urban mobility through its Ford Smart Mobility plan.

“Our goal is to make people’s lives better by changing the way the world moves,” said Erica Klampfl, global mobility solutions manager, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering. “The Ford Smart Mobility plan supports our commitment to innovation, and is aimed specifically at developing smarter mobility services. We are excited that Ford Transit was selected for Ride KC: Bridj because this is one of many projects that will help us gain insights into what works and develop smarter, more connected mobility solutions and service-oriented products.”

Ten Ford Transit passenger vans built at Kansas City Assembly Plant will stay close to home, becoming the network of shuttles in the pilot program. The fleet of high-roof, long-wheelbase Transit vans with available 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost® engines will be modified with a custom 14-passenger seating layout and custom-installed large running board for passenger convenience. Bright logos on the sides will make for easy visibility.

Ford Transit is America’s best-selling commercial van, offering 58 configurations from the factory and even more customization potential through a network of upfitters – many of which are located near Kansas City Assembly Plant. Ford Motor Credit Company is supporting the one-year pilot with financing through its municipal lease finance program.

After an extensive review process, KCATA was chosen by Bridj as the first transit agency to participate in the pilot. KCATA is an attractive partner due to its commitment to innovation and to establishing collaborations that connect people to opportunities. Kansas City is frequently found on “best of” lists for technology, arts, entrepreneurship and places for young people to live.

Bridj also operates in Boston and Washington, D.C. However, Ride KC: Bridj is the first program being implemented in direct collaboration with a transit agency and with Ford as exclusive vehicle provider.

“Bridj will be an empowering tool that will offer one more option to make it easier for people to get around,” said KCATA’s Makinen. “KCATA is a place where bus, bike, streetcar and rapid transit come together to create a seamless and borderless transportation network that’s easy and friendly to use. Bridj will be a valuable addition to Kansas City’s mix of transportation options.”

The one-year pilot program initially will include downtown Kansas City, the near east and west sides, Hospital Hill, Crown Center, portions of Midtown, University of Kansas Medical Center and the Historic 18th and Vine Jazz district. It will augment and serve as a gateway to other forms of transit as many pick-up locations will be at bus stops and areas served by existing Kansas City transit and bike-share systems. Additional routes will be added based on rider demand as identified through Bridj technology.

“Only 18 percent of jobs in the Kansas City region are accessible within 90 minutes when using existing mass transit options,” said Bridj’s George, citing figures from the Brookings Institute. “By improving access to jobs, Ride KC: Bridj is a catalyst for social and economic opportunity, and an example of what is possible when cities adopt technological innovation and work in collaboration with private entities to create a truly modern city.”

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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 199,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.

 About Bridj

Bridj is a leading urban technology company, based in Boston, MA. Founded in 2013, Bridj has designed and deployed the world’s first smart urban logistics platform, which uses big data, mobile technology, and pattern learning to provide a shuttle network that responds to the city’s demand patterns. Bridj has been widely recognized as the most prominent US based startup working on creating smart infrastructure in cities.

 

About Kansas City Area Transportation Authority

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is dedicated to connecting people to opportunities throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan region. Created in 1965 through special state legislative action in both Missouri and Kansas, the KCATA today operates a fleet of more than 270 Metro buses providing more than 15 million annual customer trips.

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Bridj and Thync present the Feel Good Commute

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Bridj and Thync present the Feel Good Commute

Riding Bridj means having a better commute. In an effort to make your morning even more relaxing, this week we’re partnering with Thync to bring you a good vibes for your commute. Thync is uses low-energy waveforms to safely signal neural pathways, allowing you to de-stress and unwind in minutes, or boost your energy on demand.

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Bridj has landed in the District.

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Bridj has landed in the District.

You may have heard the news, or seen our sweet wheels rolling through your neighborhood- Bridj has arrived in Washington DC. We’ve been testing limited service in a few neighborhoods of DC, and we’re excited to announce full Bridj service in the morning & afternoon commute is coming soon.

Starting on August 3, we’ll be serving Cathedral Heights and Petworth residents traveling to Foggy Bottom, Farragut Square, and Metro Center. The 16th St. NW Corridor has been dealing with overcrowded public transit for years, and the frequent stops slow down everyone’s commute. We hope to help combat this issue with our express trips that can avoid heavily congested areas. On Bridj passengers experience fewer stops between start and end points, resulting in a quicker, more comfortable trip.

 

Trips are now available, and you can reserve your seat through the Bridj app. Just tell us where you want to go and we’ll match you up with your neighbors headed in the same direction. After a short walk to close by pick up point, you can track your ride as it arrives, show the driver your pass, and enjoy the most stress-free commute of your life. Fares range from $2-$5, and use code “nextstop” to take your first 10 rides for free. We’ll be operating in DC during the morning and afternoon commuting hours.

We’re so excited to hit the ground running in the nation’s capital. If this service area doesn’t work for you, don’t worry we’ll be expanding rapidly throughout the city. But you should still download the app and request a trip so our algorithm can use that data as part of our formula on when we expand.


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Next Stop: Washington D.C.

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Next Stop: Washington D.C.

Transit in D.C. will never be the same. We’re excited to announce that Bridj will be available in Washington D.C. later this spring. As the world’s first smart mass transit system, we deliver a fundamentally more efficient way of moving throughout the city. Powered by data and mobile tech, we’re able to optimize pick-ups, drop-offs, and routing based on need.

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#BridjWeek with @BostonTweet

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#BridjWeek with @BostonTweet

Here at Bridj, we have a soft spot for Brookline. This was where we first launched our service, and their riders have been incredibly supportive since day one. You know who else is a big fan of Brookline?  

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Show us your view of Boston with a new GoPro

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Show us your view of Boston with a new GoPro

What makes Boston unique? Is it the people? The world class universities? The transit system? The architecture? The sports franchises? The distinct neighborhoods? The waterfront? Or something else entirely? Over half of the world’s population is living in cities and that percentage is expected to keep increasing. We’re truly living in the golden age of cities and want to know what makes Boston unequivocally different.

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A cup of joe for the road

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A cup of joe for the road

What’s your morning routine look like? If you like to grab a warm cup of coffee before grabbing your seat on a Bridj, check out one of our favorite coffee shops to make your morning commute even sweeter.

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Bridj will change in October, and we need your vote.

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Bridj will change in October, and we need your vote.

If you live in the Greater Boston area October will be an exciting month for you. We’re moving into the next stage of our beta and will be expanding into multiple neighborhoods throughout the city, offering evening service and allowing thousands more Bostonians the opportunity to take Bridj based on their own input. Our team has identified ten neighborhoods with a need for better transit, and we’re now asking residents like yourself to vote to make sure your neighborhood is considered one of the first for expansion.

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We're Sending a Shuttle to the People’s Climate March in

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We're Sending a Shuttle to the People’s Climate March in

Three years ago this weekend, Tropical Storm Irene brought devastation to Vermont and upstate New York that can still be felt today. That same autumn, BreakShuttle began in a Middlebury College dorm room with the goal of taking college students around the country “back home” for Fall and Thanksgiving breaks (on chartered buses). BreakShuttle is now the largest provider of collegiate academic break transit services in the United States. They will run over 150 trips between now and Thanksgiving all from their office in Burlington, VT. In the past year, the concept of demand responsive transit has evolved into the launch of Bridj. 

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Bogota's Bright Red Transit System

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Bogota's Bright Red Transit System

Boston isn’t the only city that is revolutionizing mass transit. Bogota, Colombia, has quietly built the world’s largest Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, known as TransMilenio. The system, which opened in 2000, has grown to encompass 12 routes and serves over 2 million passengers a day.

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Milkshakes Bring Bridj to the Yard

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Milkshakes Bring Bridj to the Yard

A few of the team members took a trip yesterday to scope out the Harvard Square milkshake scene.  It's popular menu item in the Square with over 6 burger joints in a 1/4 mile radius. The milkshake experience at each of the 3 places we visited made our taste buds dance for different reasons. Find out who was victorious below and what else the shops have to offer.

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