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RideScout partners with Zipcar and Boston

RideScout, the surface transportation information technology platform, has formed a national partnership in the USA with the world’s leading car sharing network, Zipcar. 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. A subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Zipcar currently has operations in urban areas and college campuses throughout the USA, Canada, the UK, Spain and Austria. Free on Apple and Android operating systems, RideScout has included Zipcar as part of a pilot that will provide users with the locations of thousands of cars in 22 markets across the USA, available for reservation by Zipcar members. “Increasingly, we’re seeing our own members create a portfolio approach to transportation, picking the right mode for the trip,” said Brian Harrington, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Zipcar. “RideScout will make it easier for our members, and anyone, to get from point A to point B in the most efficient, cost effective and sustainable manner.”

RideScout has also optimized its cell phone application for the Boston Metropolitan Area, with 24/7 ride options now available. Bostonians will now be able to find and connect with: Hailo taxi, Sidecar, Zipcar, Hubway, real-time MBTA bus, MBTA rail, MassPort, and LRTA, as well as walking, driving, and parking with Parking Panda. “As a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School, I’m thrilled to announce the addition of our newest national partner in Boston, which also happens to be Zipcar’s homebase,” said Joseph Kopser, co-founder and CEO of RideScout. “With 58 schools in the region, we’re confident that RideScout will be a valuable tool for Boston residents and the region’s 20 million visitors.” Boston’s Mayor, Martin J Walsh, commented, “I am constantly seeking ways to make it easier for people to get around Boston, from late-night trains to more bike lanes. 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.”

April 25, 2014

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