Commuting is a breeze…until you factor in multiple transfers, inexplicable delays and cars so packed, you may as well be sharing earbuds with the person next to you. (And don’t even get us started on the imminent L-pocalypse.) But until now, you didn’t really have an alternative, unless you were willing to spend a fortune on cabs or get really into biking.
Chariot, a transit service that’s already in San Francisco, Austin and Seattle, is about to take the headache out of NYC commutes. Armed with a fleet of teal Ford vans, the company will launch morning and evening shuttle service—in areas where riders need it most—this fall.
Here’s how it works: Book a ride on the app (available on iPhone and Android) and you’re guaranteed a seat in one of the spacious cars, which are outfitted with Wi-Fi and helmed by professional drivers. Just picture it: Instead of fighting for a grip on the subway pole, you could be getting a head start on your emails (or finishing up that episode of Glow).
NYC service will launch with two routes, one from the East Village to Midtown and one from Greenpoint to Dumbo. But here’s the best part: If you don’t see what you need, you can crowdsource a new route—Bushwick to Soho? Long Island City to Flatiron?—and if there’s enough demand, you’ve got yourself a van.
But wait, it has to cost way more than a MetroCard, right? Nope: Rides clock in at less than $3 apiece if you nab a monthly unlimited pass. You can even use your company’s commuter benefits to save even more.
So, to recap: guaranteed seats, low rates and routes where you actually need them. If only the rest of our workday could be this stress-free.