Bridj team member Jesse Tremblay checking in a passenger.

Bridj team member Jesse Tremblay checking in a passenger.

On Monday morning, we revved up the Bridj shuttles for our Beta launch. A few lucky residents of Brookline had the chance to take Bridj out for a spin from Coolidge Corner to Downtown or from Coolidge Corner to Kendall Square. 

In "brighter than the sun" neon vests and button down shirts, Team Bridj greeted passengers at 40 Centre St. in Brookline. Each seat welcomed riders with a bottle of Polar Seltzer and since we're only running morning routes in the morning for the beta period, we included a "Commuter Survival Kit" for everyone's afternoon trip. This kit included hand sanitizer, ear plugs, Burt's Bees lip balm, an air freshener, and a stress ball. 

The Commuter Survival Kit

The Commuter Survival Kit

At exactly 8:10 AM, two buses headed Downtown and arrived in under 32 minutes. The passengers were occupied with their gadgets, books, and music, so it was almost too quiet (one passenger actually fell asleep). Ultimately, we at Bridj think our passengers will become BFF's with each other, so the conversation level might increase as time goes on.

Even more commuters met us at Coolidge Corner to take the 8:25 AM Kendall shuttle. With an on-time departure, the ride was a smooth 19 minutes (a route that takes between 45-55 minutes on traditional public transit).

These routes are now permanent fixtures in Boston. If either of them works for your commute, we still have a few passes left so reserve your FREE seat now! If not, don't worry because we're adding routes and additional times rapidly. Thanks for helping us build such an awesome community! We look forward to hearing how your commute was on Bridj. Leave comments below or tweet @Bridj with your thoughts.

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