Hytch Deploys at Hillcenter Belle Meade in Partnership with H.G. Hill Realty Company

Tech company partners with H.G. Hill Realty Company to help reduce traffic, ease parking

Hytch ride-sharing program launched at Hill Center Belle Meade

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 8, 2017 — Hytch LLC, a technology company dedicated to reducing traffic and easing congestion in the greater Nashville region, has partnered with H.G. Hill Realty Company to offer its ridesharing program at Hill Center Belle Meade. By partnering with the Nashville start-up to provide a platform for safe ridesharing options, H.G. Hill Realty Company aims to help find solutions to Nashville’s transportation challenges.

“Hytch provides employees at Hill Center Belle Meade an alternative to their traditional commute,” said H.G. Hill Realty Company Chairman and CEO, Jimmy Granbery. “In addition to the two Metro bus routes and Nashville B-cycle, employees wanting to ease their commute and not deal with parking now have one more option.” Employees at Hill Center Belle Meade are encouraged to build their peer-to-peer digital carpool list with friends, neighbors and co-workers. As part of the six-month pilot, employees will receive incentives for participating in any of the three transit options.

The ridesharing app offers free, easy-to-use technology to help commuter employees locate, meet and rate coworkers and other drivers traveling in the same direction at corresponding times. Hytch users can easily review profiles and ratings of both drivers and riders, chat with prospective matches, arrange to share the cost of the commute, and more, using their smartphone. H.G. Hill Realty Company is supporting this type of alternative commuting by offering to reimburse any employee riders up to $50 per month for those who utilize the service. In addition to dedicating reimbursement incentives, H.G. Hill Realty Company has also designated two reserved for Hytch parking spaces for tenants to take advantage of when commuting to work.

“Business and civic leaders know the time has come to act intentionally, leverage technology and create incentives that change driving behavior,” says Hytch Co-Founder and CEO Mark Cleveland. “H.G. Hill isn’t just talking about it. They have dedicated precious parking spots to reward Hytch drivers and riders. They also put real dollar incentives on the table for qualified employee drivers. Together, we put Nashville on the path to win its battle with traffic.”

About Hytch LLC

Based in Nashville, Tenn., Hytch is a people-matching service and smartphone application that brings old-fashioned carpooling into the digital age.  Winner of the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (“MPO”) INNOVATION Award for 2016 and finalist for the Nashville Technology Council “Innovator of the Year” Award, Hytch offers a free, easy platform for both iOS and Android devices. Riders use the app to contribute to a driver’s cost of gas on a voluntary basis. Co-founders are Mark Cleveland, Robert Hartline and Chase Geiser. For information on the first true ride-sharing app in Tennessee, visit www.hytch.me and follow @HytchMe (#HytchMe).

 

About H.G. Hill Realty Company, LLC

Since 1895, H.G. Hill Realty has built a legacy of service and stewardship in Middle Tennessee. Following the success of H.G. Hill Food Stores, H.G. Hill, Sr. incorporated the H.G. Hill Realty Company in 1926 and placed most of the property he had acquired over the years into the Realty Company. When H.G. Hill, Jr. took the helm in 1942, he continued the tradition of acquiring and developing property during his 51 years as president. It was during Hill, Jr.'s tenure that the idea of neighborhood shopping centers became popular, and the company began to develop a number of centers in the Nashville suburbs, each of which was anchored by an H.G. Hill Food Store. For more information, visit http://www.hghill.com.

CONTACTS:

Hytch: Mark Cleveland, 615.519.9294

H.G. Hill Realty Company: Amy Kovar, akovar@graypr.com, 615.497.1799

Murfreesboro Moves to Fast Lane to Fight Traffic Pains

Hytch App Matches Smart Commuters for Carpooling on I-24

Nashville Tech Company Partners with Murfreesboro on Rideshare Technology for Long Distance Commuters to Save Gas, Reduce Traffic and Mitigate Congestion in Rutherford County

NASHVILLE, TN ─ September 22, 2016 — Hytch LLC, a technology company dedicated to reducing traffic and easing congestion in the greater Nashville region, announced today a grassroots marketing alliance with Murfreesboro, Tenn.  Murfreesboro City Mayor Shane McFarland welcomed community leaders for a “virtual ribbon cutting” event this morning at the Rutherford County Chamber offices, just days after the Middle Tennessee gas shortage scare.  

"One of our greatest challenges in Middle Tennessee is addressing transportation opportunities,” Mayor McFarland said.  “We must all work together to find ways to partner with private industry to help with these solutions, and Hytch is absolutely working on being part of the solution."

Hytch and Murfreesboro leadership have an ambitious plan to convert thousands of commuters into carpoolers and reduce traffic in the near future by making it far more convenient to share the ride. “This isn’t 1985,” said Hytch Co-Founder and CEO Mark Cleveland. “We all have smartphones now. So, we can complain and get fired up over traffic, or we can look in the mirror and fire up an app for that.”

“Hytch’s tool really does bring old-fashioned carpooling into the digital age,” said Paul Latture, Rutherford County Chamber President.  “It makes ridesharing convenient by building a big network of options. So let’s start matching right now.”

Hytch technology earned CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality) grant funding to help build a user community in the six Middle Tennessee counties impacted most by air quality issues: Davidson, Montgomery, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties. “The bold support of TDOT is critical to push technology solutions that change driving habits,” said Cleveland. “Congestion steals time from everyone. Hytch’s technology brings us together to claim it back, one trip at a time.”  

The initial focus of this public/private partnership is to network communities along the I-24 corridor from the north in Clarksville through Nashville and then southeast through Rutherford County.  Several communities along this route were affected by the recent gas shortage scare.  Cutting commuters’ individual gas needs by enabling them to find a carpooler, Hytch’s platform provides an opportunity for commuters to take an active part in alleviating some of those gas shortage fears moving forward.

“We need to think differently,” said Mayor McFarland.  “We have about 38,000 cars going to Nashville and Williamson County, and about the same number of cars commuting into our county each day for work. We all know some solutions will be costly, but this is a smart, affordable solution that can get results right away.”   

“There are more than 100,000 empty seats going to and from Nashville on I-24 every day,” said Cleveland. “Our surveys show 69% of us say we would pay for a carpooling ride but 62% say the problem with carpooling is finding someone to ride with. Hytch is an idea whose time has come.”

About Hytch LLC: 

Based in Nashville, Hytch developed a people-matching service that brings people together to save money by sharing the cost of gas.  Recently awarded a $100,000 TDOT CMAQ grant, Hytch offers a free and easy platform for both iOS and Android devices.  Riders can download the app for free and use it to contribute to the driver’s cost of gas on a voluntary basis.  Company co-founders are Mark Cleveland, Robert Hartline and Chase Geiser.  For more information on the first true ride sharing application in Tennessee, visit www.hytch.me and follow @HytchMe (#HytchMe).

About Murfreesboro, Tenn.:

Murfreesboro, one of the fastest growing cities in Tennessee and the 13th fastest-growing city in America, has seen tremendous growth.  From 2000-2010, Murfreesboro’s population grew 58%,giving the city a 2010 Census population of 108,755.  In 2015, the population grew to 126,118. This phenomenal growth is due in part to the accessibility of Rutherford County via major interstates. I-24 runs directly through Murfreesboro, and I-65, I-40 and SR-840 are all within 15 miles of the city limit.

Murfreesboro’s geographic location at the center of Tennessee, its low city property tax and its proximity to Nashville have made it one of the fastest growing residential and retail areas in the state.  Murfreesboro is also home to Middle Tennessee State University, the largest undergraduate university in the state with an enrollment over 26,000.

About Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Programs: 

TDOT accepts proposals for funding a wide range of eligible CMAQ projects. These include bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, ridesharing and other programs designed to reduce vehicle trips, as well as traffic signal timing projects and other projects designed to improve traffic flow.  

Hytch Media Contact: Amanda Washington. Washington@FletcherRowley.com (615) 329-9559

 

Hytch™ Carpooling App Launches in Clarksville

NASHVILLE, TN – September 19, 2016 – Hytch LLC, the Nashville-based carpooling app, announces its Clarksville launch today at Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett’s office in a move to connect the northern Tennessee county’s commuters for true ridesharing opportunities.

The announcement comes on the heels of its $100,000 TDOT Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant announcement last week in Williamson County. TDOT awarded the grant to the Nashville start-up as part of its initiative to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution in Tennessee. The Hytch smartphone app is the first of its kind to be available in the Clarksville area.

Attached is Montgomery County Mayor Durrett's announcement for the Hytch partnership.

The media and public are invited to attend.

WHO/WHAT:    Hytch Carpooling App / Clarksville Launch Announcement

WHEN:            Monday, September 19, 2016 at 1:30PM

WHERE:          Office of the Montgomery County Mayor, 1 Millennium Plaza, Clarksville, TN 37040

About Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Programs:

TDOT accepts proposals for funding a wide range of eligible CMAQ projects. These include bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, ridesharing and other programs designed to reduce vehicle trips, as well as traffic signal timing projects and other projects designed to improve traffic flow. 

About Hytch LLC:                                

Based in Nashville, Hytch has developed a people-matching service that brings old-fashioned carpooling into the digital age. Hytch offers a free, easy platform for both iOS and Android devices. Riders can download the app for free and use it to contribute to the driver’s cost of gas on a voluntary basis. Company co-founders are Mark Cleveland, Robert Hartline and Chase Geiser. For information on the first true ride-sharing application in Tennessee, visit www.hytch.me and follow @HytchMe (#HytchMe).

Montgomery County Mayor's Office Contact: Elizabeth Black, Communications Director, Montgomery County Government | (931) 648-8284

Hytch Media Contact: Amanda Washington | Washington@FletcherRowley.com| (615) 329-9559

 

Nashville Technology Company Lands $100K Grant to Increase Carpooling & Reduce Traffic in Middle TN

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Hytch app matches commuters to “share the ride”

NASHVILLE, TN – September 15, 2016 — Hytch LLC, a technology company dedicated to reducing traffic and easing congestion in the greater Nashville region, announced today it was awarded a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) in the amount of $100,000. The Federal CMAQ program provides TDOT with funds reserved for projects that reduce air pollution from transportation sources and reduce traffic congestion.

“Our ambitious plan is to convert thousands of commuters into carpoolers and reduce traffic in the near future by making it far more convenient to share the ride,” says company Co-Founder and CEO Mark Cleveland. “We can use an asset we all now have—our smartphones—to fix a problem that’s been escalating for decades—too many cars on our road network. Hytch built the tool everyone can use on their smartphones that brings old-fashioned carpooling into the digital age for commuters.”

The CMAQ grant funding will help the company build a user community in the six counties impacted by air quality issues: Davidson, Montgomery, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties. “The bold support of TDOT is critical to push technology solutions that change driving habits,” says Cleveland. “Congestion steals time from everyone. Hytch’s technology brings us together to claim it back, one trip at a time. The vision is to network Nashville to become the first city in America where the entire driving community is connected to ride or drive and share the cost of gas.”

“We need to think differently and look to affordable technologies like Hytch to help dramatically improve transportation in Middle Tennessee and in Rutherford County,” says Murfreesboro City Mayor Shane McFarland. “We have about 38,000 cars going to Nashville and Williamson County, and about the same number coming into our county each day for work. We all know some solutions will be costly, but this is a smart, affordable solution that can get results right away.”   

“Our surveys show 53% of today’s drivers would carpool and 41% would ride with strangers, but that number just skyrockets when you’re talking about matching with friends, neighbors and co-workers,” says Cleveland. “When 69% of us say we would pay for the ride and 62% say the problem is finding someone to ride with, Hytch is an idea whose time has come.”

About Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Programs:

TDOT accepts proposals for funding a wide range of eligible CMAQ projects. These include bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, ridesharing and other programs designed to reduce vehicle trips, as well as traffic signal timing projects and other projects designed to improve traffic flow. 

About Hytch LLC:

Based in Nashville, Hytch has developed a people-matching service that brings old-fashioned carpooling into the digital age. Hytch offers a free, easy platform for both iOS and Android devices. Riders can download the app for free and use it to contribute to the driver’s cost of gas on a voluntary basis. Company co-founders are Mark Cleveland, Robert Hartline and Chase Geiser. For information on the first true ridesharing application in Tennessee, visit www.hytch.me and follow @HytchMe (#HytchMe).

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Hytch Media Contact: Amanda Washington | Washington@FletcherRowley.com  | (615) 329-9559