With subway lines sputtering, we’re always on the watch for new ways to find that cheap late-night trip home. Taxi-sharing’s a nice idea but a) it takes a village to make it truly cheap and b) the city-run version hasn’t made it across the bridge quite yet. So, where to look next? The App Store (obvs), for one of the latest necessary additions to your very existence. This one? Weeels is the name, and livery cabs the game. (more…)
You’re headed to see Grandma in Buffalo and you don’t feel like ponying up for jetBlue, Amtrak or even Greyhound (tsk tsk). How about virtual hitch-hiking? More people are ride-sharing these days with the help of sites designed to connect travelers—both long-distance road-trippers and daily commuters—with willing drivers.
Ridester is your best bet for one-time journeys and adventures. It’s simple: In exchange for a gas fee determined by the driver, you get to hitch a ride. Once you join on the site, you can search for your destination, see a list of drivers going there and view the basics like gender, age range and vehicle type. You can even avoid any unpleasant surprises by checking out “vehicle cleanliness” and “music preference” (you may save yourself from two hours of Yanni). Once you’ve found your match, call or email your companion and arrange the details. In case your driver backs out, Ridester guarantees a full refund of your arranged fee. (more…)