Interest in carshare apps surges after BART strike

Jul 03, 2013 by Martha Mendoza

Just before hundreds of Bay Area Rapid Transit workers went on strike, the online ridesharing network Avego (ah-VAY'-goh) bought a new Web address: bartstrike.com.

Now, with 400,000 displaced struggling to get to work, Avego isn't just offering a way to share a ride with a stranger. It's giving a few lucky commuters a free helicopter ride to bypass the .

Avego is one of many startup rideshare companies marketing their services with gusto after this week's strike by San Francisco-area transit workers.

Paul Steinberg, Avego's director of operations for the Americas, says sign-ups have jumped from hundreds before the strike to thousands now.

Rideshare companies Uber (OO'-bur) and Sidecar have been running promoted Tweets that ensure people who search Twitter for "BART strike" would see an ad about their services.

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