Commuters in the Washington area will have another transit option this spring when Bridj launches in our nation’s capital. The Boston start-up offers point-to-point bus service. Its data science team crunches everything from census data to social media posts to figure out where a city has the biggest need for better bus service.
It says it has cut some Boston commute times on public transit in half by offering strategic service. It’s currently unclear where Bridj will focus its service in the D.C. area. The start-up is encouraging interested customers to request specific routes on its Web site.
While founder Matt George is interested in connecting Capitol Hill, K Street and Dupont Circle, it’s not yet clear if those will be the neighborhoods Bridj starts with.
Fares should cost slightly more than the typical Metro fare, but are unlikely to exceed $5, which is the start-ups maximum rate in Boston.
For starters, the bus service, which has WiFi, will focus on weekday commutes and not weekend service.
The 20-person start-up won’t reveal the number of passengers using it daily in Boston, but says its customer base has grown exponentially in the last few weeks.