Hip Mobility, SummitQwest Merge For All-In-One Ground Transport Platform

Commuter shuttle firm Hip Mobility and corporate ground transport specialist SummitQwest finalized a merger on June 30. The new entity, HQ, intends to offer a one-stop shop for ground transport needs, ranging from micromobility, ride-hailing and car rental to high-end corporate sedans, vans and buses. Corporate spending on ground transport tends to be fragmented across…

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Biden Administration Could Bolster Ground Transport Hygiene Regulations (Audio)

A non-profit group of transportation agency commissioners and managers is close to finalizing model regulations and best practices for ground transport operators. CDC and OSHA issued some official guidance covering parts of the sector, but no mandates. That could change under a Joe Biden administration. He indicated plans for a mask mandate for interstate transportation….

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EmpireCLS Teams With Hip Shuttle Tech Firm For Return-To-Office Service, Joins Other Ground Operators In Opening New Business Lines

Chauffeured car operator EmpireCLS for the first time will offer corporate shuttles for commuting. Part of a tie-up with tech firm Hip, the service meets demand from clients wary of public transportation due to the pandemic, according to executives. The program is rolling out in the Los Angeles and New York metro areas and could…

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New Certification Program For Drivers Pushes Ground Transport Hygiene

Ground transportation is getting a closer look as organizations and their travelers seek comfortable, convenient and hygienic options. A new training and certification program aims to bring some reassurance. Claiming a first, the organizers behind Safe Clean Ride created a curriculum for ride-hail, taxi, limo and bus drivers focused on “awareness of contagions, cleaning and…

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Tech-Based Chauffeured Car Network GroundLink Takes Last Lap In An Industry Trying To Dodge Last Gasp

Chauffeured car network GroundLink will cease operations on Aug. 31.  Already facing challenges from app-based competition and emerging local transportation options, the ground transportation sector entered a truly tight corner due to the pandemic. “During the next three to six months, the strong will survive and the weak will disappear,” said Eric Okon, co-owner and…

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As Clients Eye Longer Road Trips, Car Services Add Virus-Combating Procedures And Industry Debates Standards

Whether due to fear of coronavirus exposure from other passengers, discomfort with wearing face coverings for hours or the hassle and uncertainty of air and rail check-in and security, the value of driving is up. In addition to self-driving, rental car and chauffeured services are shaping up to be newly preferred options for some business…