Skedaddle bus charter is a ridesharing startup that allows a group of people share a bus to available locations or unique locations. Skedaddle was launched in 2015 by Adam Nestler, his brother Craig, Brad Werntz and Lou Harwood and will allow users charter a bus that will go to any location in North America. You can charter a bus for you and your friends to attend an event and if there are extra seats, other users can opt for one of the free seats. This bears a resemblance to Uber’s UberPOOL. Thousands of other Skedaddle bus users can explore routes created on the app. Skedaddle pushes relevant routes to its users via push notifications, social media and email to help a route starter meet the rider minimum.
According to the company’s website, the route starter always rides free. The next nine passengers get 20% off the full seat price, so be sure to reserve your seat early. Once live, the remaining riders pay full price. You can also reserve up to four seats for you and your crew. You have up until 48 hours prior to departure to cancel your reservation. Skedaddle does not charge its riders until 48 hours prior to departure. Routes require a minimum of 10 passengers to “go live” to guarantee Skedaddle will send a vehicle. You can tell if your route is live or not by looking at the progress bar on the route screen displayed on the app.
Skedaddle bus offers two types of transportation: public routes and private routes. Public routes work best for large events like concerts, travel between cities, or outings to large public spaces like beaches, Ski Mountains, and national parks. Private routes are the perfect fit for weddings, college socials, and corporate events.
The app enjoyed increased growth during the January 2017 women’s March on Washington. The startup experienced a surge of bookings and had to stop accepting bookings after sometime. “It was really amazing. The March overall was a great success for us,” Craig Nestler, the director of product development and co-founder of Skedaddle told Inverse. “I was on-site and it was amazing to see all these women and men dressed up with their signs ready to march.”
To get started:
- First download the app here
- Register on the app (You will be asked for your personal details and card details as well)
- Start a route (You decide if you want your route to be public or private)
- Each public route has a standard seat price. However, the first 10 riders on public routes receive discounts! On public routes, the route starter is able to reserve the first seat for free, and the next 9 riders will receive 20% off the standard seat price. Everyone else who reserves a seat after the first 10 seats have been booked will pay the standard price for the route.
- For private routes, the user who starts the route can choose to pay a portion of the route, or the price of the bus will be split evenly amongst all (less any amount the route creator has funded). You will reserve your seat at the “Current” price displayed on the route page; however, your card will not be charged until 48 hours prior to departure and the price will continue to drop depending on the number of riders who reserve seats after you.
- Hours prior to the departure time, if your route is live, you will receive an email that serves as your receipt and your pass when you board the bus. If you have our mobile app, you’ll receive a notification letting you know when you can check in. You’ll be able to access your pass within the app as well!
Routes are easily shareable in-app. You can share a Skedaddle bus route with friends or family directly from the Skedaddle app. This is an innovative startup that meets rideshare needs on a large scale. We hope so see the company spread operations outside America really soon.
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