CharterUP®, the first fully integrated charter bus marketplace for corporations, consumers, and operators, today announced its official launch in New York City, with a virtual fleet of more than 220 buses in partnership with over 30 locally-based charter operators. This expansion will streamline group transportation for users while driving job creation and boosting business for local operators across the city.
The company’s on-demand booking platform eliminates the stress and hassle of coordinating group transportation, providing companies, government organizations, schools, sports teams, and private groups with an easy solution for contracting and managing one-time or recurring bus services for events, group travel, and employee commutes. CharterUP offers customers accountability and transparency by providing real-time availability, operator reviews, on-time performance, safety records, vehicle tracking, and instant booking.
CharterUP’s tech-enabled white label mobile app will allow New York City-based companies the ability to monitor in-depth ridership data, live trip tracking, and more, while employees can check available shuttle times, pickup locations, request rides, and track shuttles in real-time from their personal mobile device.
“CharterUP’s launch in New York City marks a significant milestone in our mission to provide reliable, efficient, and cost-effective transportation solutions to businesses and organizations, already well-received by customers like FedEx and WorldStrides,” said Armir Harris, founder, and CEO of CharterUP. “With our tech-enabled platform, we are not only streamlining group transportation for users but also driving job creation and boosting business for local operators across the city. We are excited to bring our data-driven approach to New York City and help operators expand their fleets to meet demand.”
For local operators, CharterUP’s data-driven approach helps them to better forecast their business while securing more bookings. The company also offers interest-free financing to help operators expand their fleet to meet demand, even covering marketing costs to attract drivers.
“CharterUP’s tech-enabled solutions have revolutionized how we manage our group transportation services,” said Martin Wang, Operating Manager, at charter bus operator Fortune Coach Inc. "Since partnering with CharterUP, our business has grown by orders of magnitude. We went from just two buses and roughly 15 trips per month in 2020 to now 18 buses and more than 400 trips a month.”
As more companies return to the office, the company’s Corporate Shuttle program – which provides enterprise clients nationwide access to over 600 operating partners on CharterUP’s platform – continues to gain popularity. Demand for corporate shuttles has increased 283 percent YoY. Trusted by Amazon, Apple, Ashley Furniture, Delta, Facebook, Google, Hilton, Hyatt, Microsoft, Salvation Army, Sysco, Texas Instruments, USAA, and more, CharterUP is the #1 charter services provider for Fortune 500 companies.
Since its founding in 2018, CharterUP has experienced over 100 percent annual growth. The company now has a virtual fleet of 4,000+ in tandem with 600+ partners in major markets across the country. In October, the company announced a $60 million Series A led by Tritium Partners, an Austin, Texas-based investment firm that specializes in online marketplaces, logistics, and software companies with exceptional growth potential.
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CharterUP is the first fully integrated marketplace for bus charters in the U.S. Built for corporations, individual users, and operators; its platform removes the friction from reserving private group transportation by instantly connecting bookers to a virtual fleet of local bus operators. Its platform features a suite of capabilities that includes instant booking, real-time availability & tracking, and dynamic pricing via self-serve technology. Combined with its growing virtual fleet of over 4,000 fully integrated charters, CharterUP delivers unmatched accessibility, accountability, and transparency never seen before in the charter bus space. Founded by long-time charter bus entrepreneur Armir Harris in 2018, CharterUP is headquartered in Atlanta and works with operators in dozens of local markets nationwide. For more information, visit charterup.com.