In Seattle, real-time ride-sharing with rewards for participants

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Numerous ride-sharing programs have graced our virtual pages in recent years, including examples such as Ridekicks that reward participants for sharing. What sets Seattle's go520 program apart, however, is that rides need not be arranged in advance; rather, they can be shared in real-time. Launched late last month by transportation technology firm Avego, the go520 program is currently being tested as a way to reduce congestion on Seattle's busy SR 520 highway. Through the state-funded pilot, 250 drivers with GPS-enabled iPhones can now offer the empty seats in their vehicles to 750 riders along the SR 520 highway, in real-time,…

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