A new electric rideshare service called Shuffle is coming to Oklahoma City. The sponsor-supported company focuses on providing rides within a three-mile radius at a flat rate of $3 per person. They offer downtown, campus, and event rides “when it’s too far to walk, but too close to drive.” Rides are offered in Norman, and the following downtown zones in Oklahoma City: Business District, Scissortail Park, Bricktown, Deep Deuce, Midtown, Auto Alley, and Film Row.
According to Oklahoma’s News 4, Patrick Clark, Shuffle founder, started the company after noticing students walking across campus while Oklahoma University football coaches got around in golf carts. All of the vehicles in the fleet are electric and look different than traditional rideshare cars or SUVs. Because the company keeps prices low with advertising, riders will see billboard-style adds on the tops of the vehicles and advertising TVs inside.
Potential riders can download the app and buy a Shuffle Ride Pass to save to their mobile wallet ahead of time. The app also lets riders request a ride, view the service map, track the nearest Shuffle, and see the number of open seats available. In addition to requesting a ride through the app, riders also have the option of waving a Shuffle like a traditional taxi. Vehicles accommodate the driver and up to five passengers.
Unlike traditional rideshare companies, this service is not available 24/7. Instead, they operate on three separate schedules. Weekday campus rides are offered Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Late-night social rides are available Thursday through Saturday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Event and gameday ride information is updated on social media. The company plans to expand its hours as demand increases.
Those interested in working for the company have to apply to be an ambassador driver. Qualifications include a clean driving record and background check, a valid US driver’s license, local knowledge, and being at least 23 years of age or 21 with two years of professional driving experience.
According to Clark, Shuffle is trying to complement the existing rideshare services by being an environmentally-friendly and cost-effective part of the transportation scene in Oklahoma City.
With any rideshare services comes the risk of getting into an accident. Because this company is new to Oklahoma City and was only established in 2018, it could be challenging for accident victims to seek the compensation they need to properly recover. While the National Rideshare Law Group primarily handles Uber and Lyft accident cases, we’re more than willing to look into your situation to help you determine if there are grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Contact us today to learn more.