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Kristoffer Vik Hansen

As Spare’s CEO and co-founder, Kristoffer brings considerable knowledge of data-driven mobility platforms as a lead solution architect to the table. A native of Norway, Kristoffer moved to Canada to pursue his Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2010. Before starting Spare, he co-founded Awake Labs, a wearable technology company committed to improving the lives of individuals with developmental disorders before shifting gears.

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 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.

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.

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.

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?

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.