URways is a sustainable, cooperative, and collaborative ride-share service designed specifically for rural and suburban communities. Its primary goal is to provide dependable transportation to those who find themselves at a disadvantage due lack of community transit systems and inability to afford a personal vehicle.
This is accomplished through member-registering HUBS located throughout the community in partnership with local businesses, schools and agencies; creating a network of drivers and passengers serving one another. The HUBS may be large businesses, small businesses, non-profit organizations, churches, vocational schools, country clubs, or any other entity whose stakeholders can create a clearly defined membership group.
We see URways service as a boon for the schools and businesses with the potential to improve the economic well-being of countless individuals in the local community. We are working with new car franchise dealers in communities throughout the US to duplicate the model in their market places, each being a separate master HUB utilizing the hub system of community collaborators and partners facing the same challenges.
URways is unique because of its cooperative, collaborative membership based approach that uses the community's own resources to essentially create a virtual mass transit system.
We create hubs where the rider already feels safe, and we meet people where they are. Each HUB collects feedback from their clients, team members, employees, students, etc to determine the unique transportation needs of their particular membership base.
Riders can access the service through their designated HUB and schedule their transportation in advance. Although an app is in development, the rider will not have to use it and a cell phone is not required.
All drivers and riders come from the approved community HUBS and submit to background checks that are done through local law enforcement agencies, but no confidential data is shared outside of the HUBS. In addition, all drivers are employees of URways.
Rides may be paid by the individuals directly or by the HUB through a subscription. For example, a non-profit could apply for grants that would cover its subscription and provide ride allowances to its clientele, while a corporation could provide a higher end ride service for its executives.
At all levels, URways is focused on enriching the entire community in which it operates. Every stakeholder - from the new car franchise dealers that provide the vehicles, to the individual lacking transportation, to the vocational schools and businesses that struggle with enrollment and turnover.
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