Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Ride: Canada's Latest Transportation App Gets You To Places More Conveniently

The Ride: Canada's Latest Transportation App
The Alternative To Uber - More Convenient Way To Travel
We’ve been feeling disappointed ever since Uber is no longer available in Calgary. As far as the size of this city goes, we have one of the worst transportation systems. A friend of mine from overseas once visited Calgary for a business meeting and was shocked that we don't even have a direct train from the aiport to downtown. As an avid traveler with tight schedule, being able to use a ‘ride locator’ app really eases stress and makes everything more convenient. Not to mention the app will come in handy especially when one of those nights where you had a few drinks at the party. I mean finding a taxi if you are not within inner city limit, has proven to me in the past, very difficult. No worries though, the recent launch of Canada’s first national all-in-one taxi and transit app The Ride is now my alternative way for travel. The Ride is developed by CellWand Communications, the Canadian mobile technology company behind the popular #TAXI service (Pound Taxi), and is available for iOS and Android. The features of this app include taxi e-hailing, all means of public transit and car-sharing options across the country. It allows users to e-hail the closest licensed taxi, find a carshare location, and plan their route on local transit options including subways, buses, LRTs and streetcars, as well as compare the estimated travel time and cost for each option.



Unlike other e-hailing apps, The Ride has partnered with leading local taxi fleets, and is directly connected to over 6,000 taxis as part of its e-hailing network at launch, making it the most comprehensive e-hailing app in Canada with more cab fleets connecting to The Ride every week; an additional 3,000 taxis are currently being integrated. By partnering with multiple taxi fleets, the app maximizes the number of drivers available and books one of the closest licensed taxis, regardless of company. Where e-hailing is currently not available, The Ride connects users to the dispatch of fleets representing all 25,000 additional taxis across Canada.

“Today’s commuters, especially millennials, depend on technology and real time information to get around, and apps are a big part of this. So we set out to develop Canada’s most comprehensive ‘get-me-there’ app,” said Nick Quain, co-founder and CEO, CellWand. “The Ride is Canada’s ultimate transportation solution because it includes every taxi company and combines access to all available public transit options, map directions, and carshare locations across Canada, with just a few taps within the app.”
Nick Quain, co-founder and CEO, CellWand
 
The Ride utilizes the user’s location, allowing them to view and connect to a nearby taxi, track their ride once assigned and on route along with an automatically updating ETA. The app also supports driver ratings and The Ride’s database tracks the ratings of individual drivers and cab companies, to ensure users get the best available option wherever they use the app. The Ride is partnered with local fleets providing standard taxi pricing, with no surge charges at any time, and every driver is fully trained, licensed and insured.

Users of The Ride can also enter their destination to compare estimated trip times and costs for various methods of transportation, including taxi and transit. If a user decides to take a taxi, they can order one of the closest available taxis through the app for a convenience fee of $2, or $1 if they connect directly to the first available dispatch. The Ride has partnered with major mobile carriers across Canada, so convenience fees will appear on users’ wireless bill. Convenience fees will be waived during the first 30 days of use for all consumers.

The Ride is also the exclusive National Taxi and Transit App Sponsor of MADD Canada, a national charity dedicated to stopping impaired driving and supporting victims of impaired driving crimes. A portion of each convenience fee from every use of the app will go directly to MADD Canada.
“The Ride is a safe way for anyone to find a ride home, whether that’s through a licensed taxi driver, or on public transit,” said Andrew W. Murie, chief executive officer, MADD Canada. “Our message is all about planning ahead and getting home safely after drinking, which is why we partnered with The Ride to send that message to all Canadians. Using regulated, trained and properly-insured taxis is simply a safer way to go.”


SPECIAL OFFER JUST for Binzento Vincente Fans!! The Ride is available for download on the App Store and Google Play store. Download the app today, and enter promo code within the app: RideWithVincent to get a FREE e-hail credit. Note: First 30 days after downloading the app, all convenience fees are waived, so the free credit is good for use after the first 30 days!
 



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