NETLIFT PILOT PROJECT
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE FOR AN INNOVATIVE COMMUTING SOLUTION
Longueuil, May 6, 2015 – Launched last October, the Netlift pilot project is well underway. In collaboration with the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL), the Québec-based company, which has designed a carpooling app that incorporates public transit in order to offer multimodal commuting solutions, is now announcing the start of its membership campaign.
“We’ll take to the roads to promote the app and encourage drivers to sign up for the carpooling service, which features connections with the RTL network. Specifically, the campaign is aimed at people who live far from the bus lines, to allow them to carpool to the nearest public transit stop. It’s an inexpensive solution to traffic problems,” declared Netlift president Marc-Antoine Ducas.
“Carpooling is a complementary service to our network. This sustainable transit solution enables the RTL to acquire new clients by offering them quality service that is both reliable and comfortable. This unique partnership with Netlift is part of our ongoing commitment to offering commuting alternatives that meet residents’ various mobility needs. We are proud to encourage citizens to sign up for this service,” said Colette Éthier, Chairman of the RTL Board of Directors.
Accessible online and from a smart phone, Netlift is a dynamic carpooling app that connects commuters with drivers who are willing to share the empty seats in their cars to cut down on their commuting costs. This platform was developed as an add-on to the public transit service (connections between cars and buses).
Together with the public transit system, Netlift directly contributes to fighting the scourge of solo driving and to reducing the number of vehicles on the road. Thanks to the Netlift certified drivers program, the network also has the critical mass needed to safely meet demand.
The Netlift pilot program received a government grant of $235,000 under the Technoclimat program. Of all the suburbs, Montréal’s South Shore is the one most affected by traffic—a situation that will only deteriorate in the coming months with the work scheduled on the Champlain Bridge and the Turcot interchange. This pilot project will involve measuring efficiency gains, as well as the reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The Réseau de transport de Longueuil is the main transit provider for individuals within the five cities that comprise the Agglomération de Longueuil. The third-largest public transit organization in Québec, it makes over 35 million trips annually. With some 1,100 employees, the RTL is a major employer that contributes to the economic vitality of the region.
Ever receptive to its users, the RTL plays a key role in the lives of the people and the communities it serves by providing solutions that are efficient, innovative, and adapted to the evolving needs of its clientele. Improving quality of life for the citizens of the Agglomération de Longueuil is a top priority for the RTL.
Netlift is the benchmark platform for multimodal carpooling. Featuring unique technology developed entirely in Québec, the Netlift app recommends the best routes for its users’ commuting needs. The app also features a user-to-user micropayment and communication system. As of March 31, 2015, Netlift had over 6,000 users and more than 25,000 ride requests per day.
Colette Éthier, Chairman of the RTL Board of Directors,
and Marc-Antoine Ducas, President of Netlift