With car service startups like Uber and Lyft exploding, bus startup Chariot is turning to crowdfunding to finance more Chariot van lines. Based out of San Francisco, Chariot is planning new routes from the Marina, Cow Hollow and Russian Hill to 'Western SOMA.' They are hoping to launch the route if 120 passengers can commit in advance and purchase monthly passes ahead of time. These passes will be discounted.
The new Chariot van lines will join its existing two routes. Aiming to provide service that is fast and affordable, Chariot prices typically are around $4 a ride or less if they have a monthly pass. The new venture also recently launched a smartphone app that allows users to check-in to their buses and see where their ride in real time.
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