Spare closes oversubscribed $18M Series A to build the world’s first mobility operating system
A closer look at Spare's Series A, what this investment means and what the company plans to do with it.
Spare Interview: Spare’s Lead Data Scientist on the power of data-driven transit planning
Transit simulations are the key to better decision-making and transparent transit planning. Jerome Mayaud shares his thoughts on how our simulation tool, Spare Realize, can empower that process.
Introducing a better way to plan microtransit: Spare Realize
Spare, the world’s leading provider of on-demand mobility software, is proud to share the newest release of Spare Realize, its intuitive,data-driven simulation tool for microtransit.
Why you should use a mobility platform instead of an uber clone app
Can you really launch a ride hailing company with an Uber clone app? This post breaks down the risks of taking this route, and why going with a mobility platform is the safer, smarter option.
How to use mobility data to plan effective transit networks
Collecting information about riders and their needs is vital to the success of any mobility service. But what is mobility data, how do you get it and what’s the best way to use it?
How simulations and prototypes benefit your transit planning
Rapid prototyping allows transit planners to imagine various scenarios for new microtransit projects before they launch, resulting in optimized services tailored to riders’ needs.
How to Manage Conditional Paratransit Eligibility
Paratransit eligibility isn’t one-size-fits all. With modern technology, transit providers can easily qualify riders for different paratransit services, ensuring a more cost-efficient and accessible system for all.
How to Build a Strong Team of Ride Hailing Drivers
Drivers are the front line of a ride hail startup, and selecting and retaining excellent drivers is crucial to your success. This blog post shares tips on how to find, onboard, and retain a thriving base of drivers.
Spare Interview: Spare CTO Alexey Indeev explains how and why Spare became fully SOC-2 and HIPAA compliant
We’re certified! Spare becomes the first on-demand transit software provider to be fully SOC-2 and HIPAA compliant. Spare CTO Alexey Indeev explains how and why we took this step.
How to scale a microtransit pilot
While you can learn lots from a short-term microtransit project, scaling this type of service beyond the pilot’s parameters can feel daunting — but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some ways you can grow the micro version of your microtransit.
Spare heads to Florida to automate PSTA's ADA paratransit
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will use Spare Platform to power its paratransit service, digitize eligibility and enable seamless third-party integration.
On-demand paratransit, change management and embracing innovation
Key highlights from Spare’s webinar: “Managing change: How to optimize your paratransit with automated tech”
On-demand vaccine transit and the future of pop-up microtransit services
Key highlights from “Pop-up transit: How to launch a vaccination service”, Spare’s webinar on how to create ad hoc transportation using on-demand microtransit.
A Closer Look at Our Hiring Process
Interested in a career with a forward-thinking tech startup that's building the future of transit? Take a closer look at our hiring process so you can apply prepared for one of our open positions. We’re looking forward to meeting you!
Spare expands ADA paratransit footprint with new service in Connecticut
The Southeast Area Transit District implements Spare’s automated booking, scheduling, fleet and customer management to improve efficiency and the rider experience.
Rural communities in the Baltics to benefit from Spare’s on-demand transport planning tools
Together with Stockholm Environment Institute, Spare will provide cost and demand modeling to help determine feasibility of demand-responsive transportation in the region.
Why flexible transportation is key to getting high-risk individuals vaccinated against COVID-19.
Getting people like seniors, low-income earners and those without vehicles to COVID-19 vaccination centers safely and efficiently is a major challenge in many places. Here’s how on-demand transit can help.
Closing the loop: How microtransit addresses the first-and-last-mile transportation problem
Getting to and from the bus or train stop can sometimes be half the battle. But with automated microtransit, transit agencies can start to close this gap and spark a change in the way we move.
Spare launches its first microtransit operation in Germany as vaccination service
The on-demand microtransit service will initially be used to transport elderly residents living in the Mannheim area to COVID-19 vaccination centers before expanding to the general population.
On-demand microtransit is reshaping the modal split
We surveyed our riders and found that introducing microtransit induces a significant amount of new trips, removes private vehicle trips from our roads, and provides a safer and more convenient transit experience.
Spare Partners with National Express Transit to Launch Commingled Microtransit and Paratransit in Massachusetts
The automated on-demand service will help improve operational efficiency for the area’s transit agency, GATRA.
Swiftly and Spare Partner to Unite Fixed-Route and On-Demand Transit
Transit agencies can now provide the optimal mix of fixed-route and on-demand service for their local communities.
Spare expands its microtransit operations in Japan with services in Shiojiri and Noshiro
The two on-demand transit configurations will better connect populations in these regional cities to everyday amenities
Spare Launches On-Demand Microtransit in Ohio
Spare Launches On-Demand Microtransit in Ohio The Western Reserve Transit Authority in Mahoning County, Ohio becomes the latest agency in the United States to join Spare’s growing portfolio of demand-responsive microtransit customers.
Webinar takeaways - Automating data management for ADA paratransit eligibility
Highlights from “Automating ADA Paratransit Eligibility”, Spare’s webinar on the challenges facing eligibility management and how Spare’s new product, Spare Engage, addresses them.
Putting scheduled paratransit first in an on-demand transit system
We share how transit agencies can move to an on-demand system that improves on scheduled paratransit at the same time.
Spare steps in to power expanded on-demand microtransit in Reno, Nevada area
The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County introduces more zones to feed its fixed-route network
Cheyenne Transit Program makes the switch to paratransit and microtransit powered by Spare
The Wyoming transportation provider from the city of Cheyenne replaces its manual system to help manage priorities and increase operational efficiency for its paratransit and microtransit services.
Durham Region turns to Spare-powered microtransit to enable rich multi-modal environment
The on-demand service will cover over 30 zones and help connect area-residents to Toronto-bound transit hubs.
Spare brings first mile last mile on-demand transit solution to Bellevue, WA
The new Crossroads Connect service will use trip brokering to bridge the transit gap for residents in Bellevue’s Crossroads neighborhood.
Medicine Hat pilots new on-demand microtransit service backed by Canadian company Spare’s powerful technology.
Spare's and Medicine Hat's project allows the southeast Alberta city to extend public transit to underserved areas of its community.
Spare teams up with ride-hailing enterprise Earth Rides to provide zero-emission rides in Nashville, Tennessee.
Spare’s automated technology platform will allow Earth Rides to deliver a superior customer experience through streamlined operations.
Spare Interview: Former transit executive David Leininger talks the importance of Open APIs to the future of multi-modal agencies
Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s GoPass is at the forefront of the multi-modal landscape. Ex-CFO David Leininger shares how the transit agency got there and why for multi-modal MaaS applications, partners must come to the table with open technology infrastructure.
Spare partners with Whistle! to power backend ride-hailing operations for British Columbia company
Canadian startup’s flexible technology will help ride-hailing company meet its growth and profitability goals.
6 ways the final leg of the paratransit customer journey is better with tech
In Part 3 of Spare’s series on the role of transit software in paratransit, we share how real-time information is key to a smarter and better trip.
Why Germany’s goal to provide barrier-free transit can unlock its true mobility potential
Microtransit fills in service gaps to remove transit barriers - something Germany aims to do by 2022. But demand-responsive transportation can do more than just solve accessibility issues. It can unlock Germany's true mobility potential and keep public transit relevant in the age of technology.
10 ways to automate paratransit booking, matching and scheduling
In part two of Spare’s three-part series on how tech can enable better paratransit, we delve into the most complex part of the passenger journey — booking, matching, and scheduling — and share how automating these processes is the key to a modern, efficient and user-friendly on-demand system.
5 ways technology can radically improve paratransit journey planning
Welcome to our three-part series on how technology can enable better paratransit. In Part 1, we’ll cover how riders can use technology to plan their journey. In parts two and three, we’ll tackle how they can make their journey, including the onboard and post-ride experiences, more delightful.
Microtransit, pandemic and protests: A story of resilience
The shocks of the COVID-19 crisis and the BLM protests have been testing for the transit industry. By digging into our ridership data from around the world, we find that microtransit services have bounced back quicker than mass transit.
Spare and AtB bring electric on-demand transportation to senior citizens in Trondheim, Norway
Launched June 2, in partnership with the city’s public transit agency AtB, 67pluss, a new on-demand service powered by Spare that will soon also be all-electric, will provide Seniors in Trondheim, Norway, better access to public transportation.
Pandemic and protest: A recipe for rethinking our relationship with transit
An important lesson we have taken from the BLM protests is that it is our duty to fight for the causes we believe in. For us at Spare, that cause is making transit fair for everyone. Sometimes, we might get it wrong, but we will keep fighting, harder than ever before.
Transit with barriers - How tech can break them down
Good public transit is often not reliable, accessible, or affordable for seniors, people with special needs and those from low-income communities. But tech can tackle these barriers head-on.
Spare brings cutting edge commingled paratransit and microtransit services to two new U.S. markets
Spare enables a new transit solution that commingles paratransit and microtransit. Partnering with Citibus from Lubbock, TX, and StarTran from Lincoln, NE, they launched the first new services of this kind.
The power of Realize: A simulation tool that redefines transit planning
Without data-driven planning, transit agencies risk designing transportation systems that work for nobody. Spare Realize, our cutting-edge transit planning tool, is here to provide a guiding hand.
Spare and Empresa Municipal de Transportes (EMT) Palma de Mallorca collaborate to provide essential transport during the COVID-19 pandemic
Spare and EMT have successfully tested and implemented an on-demand transportation service on the Balearic island of Mallorca, south-east of Spain’s mainland, to ensure easy and convenient access to transportation for Palma’s population.
Spare and Denton County Transit Agency (DCTA) respond to the COVID-19 health emergency by expanding microtransit service zones
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, DCTA is expanding its on-demand transit to replace fixed-route bus services.
How to design safer public transit in response to COVID-19
How do you maximize the safety of your riders and drivers when you run transit during a pandemic?
Japan: A Transportation Utopia with a Mobility Crisis
In recent surveys from the World Economic Forum, only 26% of municipalities had highly sustainable transit systems. In 2018 this became the driving motivation for Spare to work with cities and bus operators around Japan.
Spare expands service in Oslo, connecting more senior citizens with their communities
This week, Spare expanded on the successful partnership with Ruter, tripling the current amount of service zones, to power efficient, elderly transport services for the city of Oslo, Norway.
Spare launches on-demand transit in Odda, outside of Bergen, Norway
Odda, a small town enclosed by the Hardanger Fjord and two national parks, is now covered by an on-demand transportation service
Spare launches on-demand transit north of the arctic circle in Bodø
Spare launched a new on-demand public transit service in Bodø, Norway with Nordland Fylkeskommune (NFK).
Spare to power Europe's first autonomous on-demand bus project
Spare and its joint Canadian/Norwegian consortium, SAGA, has been selected to operate a hybrid autonomous and human-driven public transit service in Norway and Netherlands, a first for Europe.
Spare partners with RVTD to provide new on-demand transit service in Ashland, Oregon
This week, Spare - the mobility platform transforming transit worldwide - launched a new partnership with Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) to power efficient, on-demand transit services for the city of Ashland, Oregon.
The Future that Never Happened
Come on a journey with us. Explore the difficulties and opportunities in unravelling cause and effect, within the scope of an on-demand transit system! Jerome Mayaud Jerome Mayaud Lead Data Scientist at Spare More posts by Jerome Mayaud.
The problem with cancellations, and how data science can help
Ultimately, this kind of analysis helps us to adjust our algorithms and user interfaces to improve the service for each and every one of our customers.
Spare partners with Ruter to provide elderly transportation services in Oslo, Norway
This week, Spare - the mobility platform transforming transit worldwide - launched a new partnership with Ruter to power efficient, elderly transport services for the city of Oslo, Norway.
STAR Transit partners with Spare to launch on-demand transit in Mesquite and Terrell, Texas
Spare, the world leader in on-demand transportation services, launched a new partnership with STAR Transit to deploy on-demand, shared ride transit in Mesquite and Terrell Texas. The service, called STARNow, is designed to complement the existing transit services provided by STAR Transit.
Spare expands in Eden Prairie with new NEMT service, Prime MD
Spare expanded on the partnership with SouthWest Transit in Eden Prairie with a new non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) service, Prime MD.
Introducing Spare Driver 2.0 🎉
Today we're incredibly excited to announce the launch of Spare Driver 2.0, the first major revision to the experience of driving on-demand using Spare. It's available today and we're rolling it out to all of our customers over the next few weeks.
Spare expands in Norway, launching a new service on Election Day in Kongsberg
Spare launched a new on-demand public transit service with Brakar, a leading public transit agency in Norway.
Introducing Spare Platform V2
Today we’re unveiling Spare Platform V2, the next step in the growth of Spare Platform. V2, which was born from our experience operating some of the world’s largest on-demand transit networks, enables the most versatile, interconnected on-demand transit systems available on the market today.
Spare secures $6 million seed financing led by Mitsubishi Corporation
Spare, a world leader in on-demand transportation technology, today announced that it has secured $6 million of seed financing led by Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan’s largest trading company.
Today, we are excited to announce a $6 million seed funding round led by Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan's largest trading company.
Why did we raise money? You can read more about the short answer to that question over at our official press release here, but the full answer really starts 3.5 years ago.