Take a bus, take a train, or rent a vehicle.
Ridesharing company Hitch says that for people who don’t own a car, those are pretty much the only options for long-distance travel between most American cities.
After Hitch’s announcement last week that it is expanding its service to Dallas, people can now use the Hitch app for a new transportation option to travel between Austin and Dallas.
Hitch, which is an Austin-based startup that says it brings comfortable and affordable on-demand shared car rides between cities, already offers service between Austin and Houston, so Dallas will be the third Texas city that it supports.
Explaining how its service between Dallas and Austin works, Hitch said pricing for service is $35 per seat for riders. Or, for riders who want a private car, the price is $105.
Hitch said that in as little as 30 minutes before they need to travel, Hitch users can use the app to book rides on-demand. Or, they can book rides a day in advance. Once booked, rides on Hitch are guaranteed.
Passengers meet their drivers and get dropped off at Hitch “stations,” which are public locations such as coffee shops. Then, riders can use public transit or other local ridesharing options to continue on to their final destinations.
Hitch says more than 80% of its first-time riders have become repeat customers since the launch of its platform earlier this year.
In 2020, the company intends to expand to additional markets nationwide.
“Expanding to Dallas was a logical extension of our Austin-Houston route, and many of our members were asking for service to and from Dallas, especially with major events like the Texas-Oklahoma game and the Austin City Limits Music Festival happening in Austin and Dallas in the fall,” Hitch co-founder and chief executive officer Kush Singh said in a news release.
Singh continued, “If you’re driving between Austin and Dallas, you can make money without any additional driving from the empty seats in your car. We are giving people a convenient, safe, affordable option to travel between cities and make money from the empty seats in their vehicle that has never been done before.”