MONTREAL, Oct. 20, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - With numerous traffic obstructions causing massive headaches for Montreal-area drivers, Netlift is announcing that, starting October 24, it will be offering all passengers the option to carpool for free using its app until November 30, 2016. It is also committed to providing financial compensation to drivers who use the platform.
"The traffic situation in Greater Montreal is a great concern, especially now that major work has begun on the Turcot interchange," explains Marc-Antoine Ducas, founding president of Netlift. "We want to do our part and offer the community a viable solution to make it easier to get around, while reducing the number of vehicles on the road. We are hoping this free trial period will encourage people to try out and definitively adopt multimodal carpooling on a daily basis."
Netlift is focusing on the concept of social transportation by providing a dynamic multimodal platform that optimizes the empty seats in vehicles on the road, encourages the use of reserved lanes and reduces CO2 emissions. It offers an excellent solution, free of charge, to companies, educational institutions and any organization that wants to set up this type of program. In addition, since October 15, the app offers drivers the possibility of submitting a photo of their parking receipts (yearly, monthly or daily) to get a reimbursement of up to 50% every time they carpool.
A viable, proven solution
Every month, 20,000 to 25,000 matches are coordinated by Netlift across Quebec, primarily on the Island of Montreal and its north and south shores. Netlift regularly achieves matching rates of more than 90% at rush hour in some Montreal boroughs. For example, it has been proven that some commutes between the South Shore and the Université de Montréal campus can be 40% faster with multimodal carpooling than by solo vehicle or public transit alone.
Netlift is an application unique in the world of multimodal carpooling, connecting a trip by car with a trip by public transit, to help workers and students simplify their daily commute. Accessible on the Web and on smart phones, Netlift matches passengers with drivers willing to share available seats in their vehicle at a cost of a few dollars per trip, to commute to work or simply to get around. It was recently awarded the grand prize and the people's choice prize at InnoBahn, an event presented by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and Ubisoft.