Black History

Dollaride | Black-Owned Transportation App


For the entire month of February I’m covering black-owned businesses to celebrate Black History Month. Today I feature Dollaride, an app which helps “ease your daily commute with NYC’s network of dollar vans.”

What Is Dollaride?

Dollaride is a transportation app on iOS and Android which connects undeserved New York City commutes with Dollar Vans. Using the app, those commuters can ride along the many routes for only $2. This apps works similarly to Uber or Lyft where the passenger can pay the driver directly from the app and see who their driver is. For drivers, the app gives them the ability to earn more money by choosing popular routes while continuing to operate as an entrepreneur.

The app gives customers access to 27 routes and over 500 vans driving those routes. And the service has over 100,000 passengers per day. It serves primarily Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx but there are routes in the other boroughs too. Thus, the residents in these communities have more choices to inexpensive transportation in addition to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

Now let’s talk about Dollar Vans because I had no idea what those are. The app’s website provides an article which explains it in detail. Basically a group of individuals started transporting locals around in their cars and vans during the 1980 transit strike. Even after the strike ended, the Dollar Vans remained in service because of their popularity and inexpensive fares.

Su Sanni, Founder & CEO, created the app to streamline the service not only for the daily commuters but for the operators driving the vans. He’s currently raising money on the Republic platform to improve the app and the company. Currently the company has sales of $500,000.

How To Use And Contact Dollaride

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