A new student-to-student ride share app is gaining steam on the campus of the University of Texas at Dallas. The app, SnapRyde, went live at UT Dallas in early July, and is providing students with a means to find a ride around campus.
According to a report from UT Dallas’ student publication, The Mercury, the app pairs riders and drivers that are both going in the same direction, so as to avoid wasting valuable time for either user. SnapRyde is no stranger to Texas campuses, as the app was created by UT Arlington alumni who recognized a need for a cheaper, more convenient travel option for students.
“We faced the problem. We came to the U.S. as international students, and we ourselves faced the problem of finding rides for even smallest things like groceries or getting around the campus,” said Mayank Jain, president and CEO of SnapRyde, in a statement to The Mercury.
SnapRyde is designed specifically to link student riders with student drivers, and with the common drawbacks associated with public transportation and overly expensive fares on established ride share platforms, the app has emerged as a viable alternative for Texas students.
As of now, the app’s developers are not focused on creating revenue, but rather growing the app’s user base. To aid in this pursuit, the app offers riders $5 Amazon gift cards and drivers $10 gift cards for using the app.
From the driver’s perspective, the app does not take a percentage of the driver’s revenue, a business model that differs from that of other established transit apps like Uber. SnapRyde displays for the rider what the ride will cost and riders pay drivers directly, but the app will soon include automated payments.
SnapRyde currently operates at the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Texas at Dallas, and just passed 1,100 users. The app’s developers plan to expand the reach of SnapRyde to the remainder of the University of Texas system in the near future, with further plans to add other states.