The Rideshare Company's Facts and Figures
February 1980 - Greater Hartford Rideshare Corporation is formed. Originally created to promote and educate ridesharing and commuting options available in the Greater Hartford area.
July 1980 - Jon Colman becomes first full-time employee of The Rideshare Company. Hired as President, he was charged with assembling a team of transportation professionals to educate commuters about ridesharing through public service communications.
August 1983 - Rideshare creates a new commuter matching system. Originally called The Commuter Register, this monthly publication provides commuters with available bus routes, carpools and vanpools. Printed in tabloid form, it is distributed in many locations including supermarkets and convenience stores
November 1987 - The Rideshare Company helps organizations and the State setup vanpools. Through a combination of low interest loans and private funding, Rideshare helps companies and the State purchase vans and establish vanpools for their employees.
October 1995 - The Rideshare Company purchases the vans and creates easy street®. Working with the companies and the State, Rideshare buys back the vans and adds to the fleet. The easy street® brand and vanpool program is born.
February 1995 - Rideshare develops and implements a proprietary Fleet Management System. This unique system integrates all aspects of Rideshares capabilities including operations, sales and customer service.
April 1997 - Rideshare expands its coverage and support for vanpooling and commuter services. To support commuters and organizations that cross over to Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York, Rideshare expands the coverage and logistics needed to make it possible.
September 1998 - Customer Service is officially added to Rideshare. Having successfully managed requests of information and support, Rideshare decides it’s time to officially expand its customer service capabilities to support the growth of the company and its expanding base of customers and organizations.
July 2000 - Rideshare introduces a vanpool partnership program for group homes. Organizations that provide transport services in Connecticut can now access to Rideshare’s hassle-free vehicle lease and support programs. The program now known as easy fleet, provides a range of vehicles including multi-passenger and lift vans as well as smaller transport vehicles.
November 2006 - Rideshare launches a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy. Rebranding, website development and social media are the beginning of Rideshare becoming award-winning transportation-marketing leaders.
January 2007 - Rideshare expands business development efforts. Initiatives commence to develop new lines of business outside of the core business.
October 2007 - Rideshare embarks on a nationwide consulting business line. Thirty years of commuter knowledge and expertise become the framework of a new consulting business to employers around the country.
January 2008 - Rideshare develops easy green carpools®. The first organized, corporate sponsored carpool program in the country is formed.
January 2009 - Rideshare introduces an integrated commuter program. Officially called the ‘easy commute’, this interactive based solution brings together a range of resources and capabilities for the good of employees and the environment. easy commute includes tax savings programs, trip tracking and positive impact calculators, rewards programs and more.
July 2009 - Rideshare signs five-year contract with FOX groups. Fox sports, entertainment and film are the first client to implement easy commute. The first two locations to have the program are the Big Ten Network, Chicago and the National Geographic Channel, Washington, DC.
November 2010 - Rideshare expands vehicle offering to its partners. To meet the growing needs of partner organizations, Rideshare adds the Scion XB to its fleet offering. This compact yet roomy vehicle helps a number of organizations manage trips that involve just a couple or more people while saving money and energy in the process.
July 2011 - Rideshare expands to Los Angeles. Launches easy commute for FOX and takes over the management of their vanpool program in partnership with Enterprise Holdings.
December 2012 - Rideshare’s easy commute is awarded GSA Schedule Contract #GS-35F-121AA, allowing them sales to the Federal Government.