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Freebee, A No-Charge Ride-Hailing Service, Expands To Doral, Adds 10-Passenger Cars

By Linda Robertson
Miami Herald

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The Freebee vehicles, which look like elongated golf carts, take passengers door to door on short hops within a limited radius. A phone app makes calling a car similar to the procedure for Uber and Lyft, but rides are free.

Miami Herald

Freebee, the free ride-hailing service that has beguiled passengers throughout traffic-choked South Florida, is expanding to Doral, shuttling schoolchildren in Miami Lakes and adding 10-passenger cars to its all-electric fleet.

Freebee plans to launch another operating zone in downtown Doral on April 1 and is hoping for the same success it’s had in Coral Gables, where ridership averages 20.3 passengers per hour, and Key Biscayne, where ridership averages 17.4 passengers per hour. In Coconut Grove, ridership has increased 300 percent since last year.

The Freebee vehicles, which look like elongated golf carts, take passengers door to door on short hops within a limited radius. A phone app makes calling a car similar to the procedure for Uber and Lyft, but rides are free.

“It’s convenient, it’s free, you’re having fun and smiling,” said Jason Spiegel, co-founder of the company. “We are short-distance, inter-municipality transportation that provides high ridership at a lower cost for cities because our clean-energy vehicles require less maintenance and no gas compared to trolleys and buses.

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