New York, NY – OurBus, Inc., a transit technology startup that allows riders to create their own demand-based bus routes, is looking for the next location in New Jersey that would benefit from shorter commuting times and cheaper prices.
Simply by providing their home and work locations, and regular work hours, any user can create an efficient bus route to serve their neighborhood by signing up and suggesting the route to others. OurBus works with riders to arrange stop locations and schedules to best meet commuter demand. Fares are significantly lower than other available options. By working with charter companies with excess capacity, and using the buses for other routes such as airport shuttles or urban routes off-hours, OurBus is able to keep costs down for commuters.
OurBus recently started a new express bus service between Kendall Park, New Jersey and Midtown Manhattan. That route is currently saving commuters up to an hour in travel time every day.
“We are looking at expanding to towns with large numbers of commuters, but no direct transportation to New York. People have to drive several miles to the nearest transportation hub, pay for parking, and then pay for their ride to the city.” says OurBus Founder Narinder Singh, “Wherever people have time-consuming and expensive commutes, we hope to introduce a new service to make their lives a little bit easier.”
To create or join a route, residents can sign up at www.OurBus.com. The town with the most sign-ups by September 20th will be the location for the first new route.
“We are monitoring demand and have already received dozens of sign-ups from commuters in Edison, Piscataway and Monroe,” says OurBus co-founder Mike Virdi. “We are also receiving a lot of requests for a direct Monroe-to-Jersey City route. Parking is very difficult in Jersey City and there are lots of commuters who work there, but currently there is no way to get there without 2-3 transfers.”
Once the bus is running, commuters will be able to enjoy a speedy, direct commute, and save money in the process. Commuters will have access to cutting-edge technology, with mobile ticketing and passes, real-time bus tracking, wifi and more.
OurBus, Inc. is a New York-based startup founded by Narinder Singh, a logistics and technology expert and Manmeet Virdi, a finance specialist who has commuted from New Jersey for 20 years. The company’s first crowdsourced route reached its 75% occupancy goal ahead of schedule in 7 weeks. OurBus has raised $400K in seed capital from a group of investors as of July 2016