We here at Choose Your Way Bellevue have been hearing quite a bit about the new ridesharing service go520, a pilot project sponsored by WSDOT that aims to pair drivers and riders in real-time as they travel. However, we had no idea what it was like to actually use it.
We know there’s nothing like a first hand account to alleviate the inevitable questions and concerns around trying something new. So, the folks involved with the project were kind enough to share this brief interview with one of their users, whom we’ll call Ronen Y.
Ronen uses go520 to commute from the Central District in Seattle to the Redmond Microsoft campus across the 520 bridge five times a week. Ronen initially became interested in the go520 project because he thought it would be a good way to earn cash for gas and have a faster commute. He primarily serves as a driver, so if you’re booking rides on this route you might get matched! Here is his story:
Pioneer Profile: Ronen Y.
Some info on Ronen:
Where do you commute from/to? Central District in Seattle to the Redmond Microsoft campus
How many days a week do you commute across the SR520 bridge? 5 days
Do you use the system mainly as a: Driver mainly (but also rider)
How did you hear about the go520 pilot program? Email from my employer
What made you interested in the program initially? Get some cash for gas and travel a little faster on the 520 on-ramp (as a driver or rider)
Q&A with Ronen:
What do you think of Avego’s go520 service?
I like the “stop-based” system go520 uses. The way I see it, it gives better chances of matching folks and gives riders flexibility to find a ride from different locations.
You took part in Avego go520 WP7 beta testing. How did you find the app?
I thought the app was easy to install—within a few steps you’re up and running. Just have your data entered on the website and you can easily find riders. The app is intuitive and reliable, and you can count on it to match you with riders along your route.
You have attended Avego go520 events—how did you find this experience?
The events were well organized and fun. I really enjoyed meeting the crew and learning about their system, and also giving direct feedback to the folks at Avego.
Do you have concerns with the system in general?
No, but you need lots of drivers/riders to use it to be effective. Let’s get some more people on board!
Do you have any other comments about the go520 Program or Avego?
go520 is a great idea that takes commuting to the next level. Its simple design allows users to find a match to carpool within seconds once there’s a rider on your route. The flexibility this system has allows you to depart whenever you want, and find a driving match without binding to a schedule. Driving over the 520 bridge can be faster on the ramp, and the riders pay you some money back which isn’t something to dismiss so fast, especially with the new bridge tolls coming soon.
Curious about real-time ridesharing? Visit Avego’s go520 website to learn how you can earn money—and save time—by participating in the project. Have you tried the project? We’d love to hear your story, too! Post a comment below: