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Seattle Gets the First-Ever Cab Sharing App

By Sam Machkovech December 27, 2009

This weekend, Seattle developer Jason Prado debuted RidePenguin, a free, mobile-friendly website that connects cab sharers at SeaTac. Enter your destination, your desired departure time, and your cell phone number, and RidePenguin will find a perfect cab match via calls or texts. (In expected Seattle fashion, it'll also tell you how much CO2 and money you'll save with your potential share.)

SeaTac might not the best spot to target a cab-sharing debut, especially this week, but I sure wish I knew about RidePenguin when I landed in SeaTac at 1:15 a.m. on Christmas Day and realized light rail halts its downtown service mighty early in the evening.

(Yeah, merry goddamned Christmas to you, too, Sound Transit.) Here's to hoping the site, currently in "beta," expands with ride share searches outside the light rail grid.
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