Chariot will run six initial routes serving 400 JPMorgan Chase
COLUMBUS, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of the broader Smart Columbus initiative, commuter solution Chariot
– a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company’s mobility arm – today announced it
is expanding its service to Columbus, in partnership with JPMorgan Chase
and in support of the city’s transformation to become a model for
connected cities of the future. Chase will offer its employees the new
transportation benefit in an effort to reduce the number of
single-occupant vehicles on central Ohio roadways during daily commutes.
Chariot will launch daily service Monday. It will serve up to 400
employees who work at the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Center on Polaris
Parkway in Columbus. Initial plans call for Chariot to run its
14-passenger, Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles along six routes during the morning
and evening commutes.
Columbus is the fifth city to be served by Chariot, which operates in
San Francisco, New York, Seattle and Austin, Texas. The company is
currently running 108 routes daily and has plans to expand to additional
cities both in the United States and internationally.
“We are excited to serve Columbus commuters and work with Chase to bring
Chariot to its employees,” said Dan Grossman, Ford Smart Mobility vice
president, Global Microtransit Services. “Chariot is a great option –
giving employees the opportunity to grab a ride to work that guarantees
them a comfortable seat and internet access, and relieves them of the
need to worry about where to park.
“We hope other employers reach out to us, as we look forward to enabling
more companies in the area to deliver transit solutions that help
employees, residents and cities alike,” Grossman added.
Initial plans call for Chariot to operate six routes during normal
business hours – 6-10 a.m. and 4-8 p.m. These routes were selected
following an analysis of employees’ residential zip codes, with pick-up
- Slate Hill and Washington Park
- Lewis Center and North Polaris
- Olde Sawmill and Powell
- Upper Albany and Westerville
- Downtown Columbus, with two routes serving Fifth Avenue and High Street
Chariot shuttles will have bicycle racks to accommodate those who opt to
bike to their pick-up stops.
“Chariot offers us a great opportunity to relieve traffic congestion,
address the parking demand on campus and support Smart Columbus,” said
Corrine Burger, JPMorgan Chase’s executive responsible for overseeing
the firm’s nearly 20,000 central Ohio employees and 11 corporate
buildings on campus. “Chariot’s service nicely complements our own
ride-sharing programs and the public transit options already available
to our employees from Central Ohio Transit Authority.”
Smart Columbus focuses on expanding and improving the region’s
transportation ecosystem to relieve congestion, grow access to
transportation, and accommodate the 1 million additional residents
expected to join the region by 2040.
“The introduction of Chariot and CMAX, Central Ohio Transit Authority’s
first rapid bus transit line, aligns with our region’s ongoing
transformation to become a model for connected cities of the future,”
said Alex Fischer, president and CEO of Columbus Partnership and
co-chair of Smart Columbus. “We are grateful for JPMorgan Chase’s
leadership in bringing Chariot to the Columbus market, and are
optimistic that the service will grow with other customers in the coming
months, creating improved access to jobs for residents across our
Chariot is reinventing the daily commute with a microtransit solution
that is fast, reliable and affordable for people living in today’s
cities. Designed to be used twice a day, every day, users can easily
reserve a seat on a Chariot via the iOS or Android app, and hop on one
of the company’s 14-passenger Ford Transit vehicles operated by
friendly, professional employee drivers. After launching in San
Francisco in 2014, the company participated in Y Combinator’s Winter
2015 class and was acquired in September 2016 by Ford Smart Mobility to
serve as the cornerstone for its global shuttle services business.
Chariot runs more than 100 daily routes serving San Francisco, New York,
Austin and Seattle. For more information, visit www.chariot.com.
About JPMorgan Chase & Co.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is central Ohio’s largest corporate
employer, and a leading global financial services firm with assets of
$2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in
investment banking, financial services for consumers and small
businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and
asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average,
JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of customers in the United States
and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and
government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information
about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.
About Smart Columbus
The City of Columbus’ Smart Columbus plan won the U.S. Department of
Transportation (U.S. DOT) $40 million Smart City Challenge in June 2016
after competing against 77 cities nationwide to become the country’s
first city to fully integrate innovative technologies – self-driving
cars, connected vehicles and smart sensors – into its transportation
network. Columbus was also awarded an additional $10 million grant from
Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan, Inc. to accelerate the transition to an
electrified, low-emissions transportation system. Aligned investments
totaling more than $500 million in commitments have been made by the
private, public and academic institutions in the region to support
technology and infrastructure investments that upgrade Columbus’
transportation network and help make Columbus the model connected city
of the future. Smart Columbus is a regional smart city initiative co-led
by the City of Columbus and Columbus Partnership that includes
partnerships with The Ohio State University, American Electric Power and
For more information, visit www.columbus.gov/smartcolumbus/.