CycleHop, one of the largest smart bike operators in North America, has launched HOPR, an open platform that enables easy access and payment to all transit modes available, both public and private.
Managing systems in 15 cities and a dozen campuses in North America, CycleHop is one of the pioneers of bikeshare technology. Launched in Chicago, Illinois, the company’s HOPR system is a form of the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) concept, and allows riders to get around with one app while saving time and money.
A beta version of HOPR is now available for use in the Chicago Metropolitan area. Users can access local bikeshare, rideshare, carshare, trains, buses, water taxis and other modes of transport.
Private transit operators and public transit agencies can also use the HOPR platform to promote their services, fill capacity, and entice passengers with fare deals. The HOPR mobile app will be launched in Los Angeles, California, and Ottawa (Canada) later in the spring.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, transportation is the second-highest expense in the average household budget. Simultaneously, riders often experience choice-overload from a crowded mobility space that makes it difficult for them to know what is available and how to choose the best option to get them to their destination in a timely, cost-effective and sustainable way. By promoting all available transit options in a given area, and facilitating payment within one app, HOPR empowers riders with real-time information to make their trips quicker, easier and more affordable.
HOPR can be used to instantly compare and access transportation across multiple modes with one easy payment. Users can also earn rides and promotions from the services they travel on most. HOPR acts as an open platform for all public and private transit operators. By promoting any nearby transit option, HOPR increases the visibility of services of all types and sizes, helping them reach more people and fill vacant seats. With a simple API, service providers can begin connecting to customers by presenting it as a fully-integrated option on the HOPR app.
“Having made cities across the country more accessible through our pioneering bikeshare programs, we’re now expanding our services to provide a tool that improves access to daily transportation in all of its forms,” said Josh Squire, founder and CEO of CycleHop.
“There are so many great ways to get around, HOPR makes it easy for people to choose and access rides. We go beyond trip-planning; we do trip-matching.”