Bandwagon Expands Taxi-Sharing Service to JFK
Bandwagon, a taxi-sharing app that provides technology and logistics for airports, convention centers and large events, has expanded its airport service to New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Bandwagon has been operational during peak travel periods at New York's LaGuardia Airport since June [link to: http://www.meetings-conventions.com/Blogs/Tech-Beat/post/2015/06/02/Bandwagon-Expands-Its-Taxishare-Reach.aspx.
Bandwagon partnered with JetBlue to launch service at Terminal 5 beginning today, and it soon will provide service as well in Terminal 4. JetBlue passengers traveling during peak times will be able to find other travelers via the app who are going in the same direction, allowing them to jump to a taxi-share priority line - and save money, time and carbon emissions in the process. JetBlue is encouraging use of the app by offsetting one metric ton of CO2 with Carbonfund for every ride shared via Bandwagon. For its part, Bandwagon will track CO2 emission savings via the app and offset the difference.
"Our LGA customers kept telling us to expand our smart taxi-sharing to JFK and reduce line wait times," said Bandwagon CEO and founder David Mahfouda. "So we're thrilled to team up with JetBlue to help their JFK travelers save time, money and CO2."
As part of an agreement with Port Authority, the sharing service, which Bandwagon claims can save passengers up to 40 percent off the typical taxi fare, will be available every Thursday, Friday and Sunday evening, as well as weekday mornings. During those hours, a priority line is provided and a staff member helps with logistics.