Chip, You beat me to it I got a chance to ride with them last week. The website is: www.gotchagroup.com Seem like nice enough people!----- Original Message ----- From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 2:25 PM Subject: [tabi] free transportation around the FSU area
Below is from today's Democrat; I went looking, and the article does not give their facebook page address, so here is where I think it is: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-GOTCHA-Ride/134083184776?v=app_2309869772 FSU boasts free, green GEMs By Cara Boruch-Dolan . DEMOCRAT WRITER . February 23, 2010 Everyone knows parking is next to impossible at Florida State. For some students, getting home after a night on the town can be an issue. Don't worry, two FSU graduates now have GOTCHA covered. Atlanta-based business partners Sean Flood and Drew Sfugaras last spring launched the Green Operated Transit Carrying Humanity Around, or GOTCHA. It's a free, environmentally friendly transportation service. This green company aims to aid with navigating the high traffic areas surrounding the FSU campus safely and efficiently, along with its neighboring establishments. GOTCHA has a fleet of five electric cars, with plans to add additional cars this summer. The company is also expanding to other universities. In the u pcoming months GOTCHA will start five-car fleets at the University of Florida and University of Georgia. These carts are true GEMs - literally - as in Global Electric Motorcars. They are 100 percent electric and emission-free. However, their efficiency doesn't compromise in luxury. Carrying four to six passengers, these cars are equipped with comfortable bucket seats and safety belts to keep riders secure. The Florida rain may make some students grateful the cars have doors, but the true experience comes from those without doors. With the cars pushing 30 mph, GOTCHA becomes a thrill ride. It's not unusual to see students whooping around turns during their peak hours of the night. GOTCHA is most popular at night, running from 9 p. m. to 3 a.m. from popular local bars to apartment complexes. GOTCHA has also begun taking students around campus during school hours. The cars may be less recognizable during the day, but students' apprehension is appeased by friendly drivers and word of mouth promotion. GOTCHA is free to the public, but tips are always appreciated. The business makes its profit in a NASCAR-like fashion, by wrapping the vehicles in company logos. "We deal with brands that are purely marketable to the college generation, that is 18- to 24-year olds," Flood said. Since its conception, GOTCHA has quickly become a recognizable part of the campus community. Students have become comfortable using the company's Facebook page to get in contact with the 13 drivers on staff. Seeing one of these cars on campus, pedestrians needing a lift can be heard yelling, "GOTCHA!" Which translates into a free ride.Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABIand please make suggestions for new material.if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.
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