Because convenience should always be free.
We started The Free Ride in 2011 on a hunch that people would love easy, free transportation to their favorite hotspots and maybe even some they’d never tried. We set out to do things differently from the start, using gas-free electric shuttles and working with awesome, forward-thinking brands. Our riders loved it.
Being East Hampton locals, it just made sense to have our first routes be in the Hamptons. Full of New Yorkers in the summer, it’s a tough place to find a parking spot. The Free Ride gave people the ability to park their cars and quickly and easily get where they needed to go.
We began to partner with other local operators, municipalities and great clients -- and things just took off.
- In Fall 2012 we partnered with Chris and Stacy Dimon (formerly of Spot Rides) to launch, own and operate the Hamptons Free Ride in Southampton. Hamptons Free Ride continues to pursue new opportunities throughout the Hamptons.
- In 2013 we partnered with Jason Bagley, of Way2Go shuttle, to start the Santa Monica Free Ride, our first venture in California.
- We started the Jersey Shore Free Ride in the summer of 2014 with Mike Manley, John Lidestri and Kristina Bannon. The shuttles operate downtown and at the beach in Asbury Park, NJ.
- Building on the success of our Santa Monica shuttles, we partnered with Sean Fruin, Joe Fiorello and Anthony Sardegna to start routes in San Diego in July 2014.
- In 2015 we added routes in Venice, CA and Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
How it works
Our service is fun, easy and free. We use electric cars to cut out the cost of fuel and work with some great sponsors make the service possible.
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"2 Hamptons locals started a free beach shuttle that has now given 1 million rides - and may solve a problem that even Uber can't"
- Business Insider
Our fearless leaders
Originally hailing from Montauk, NY and East Hampton, NY, James Mirras and Alex Esposito are graduates of the University of Florida and Bentley University, respectively. James studied finance at UF where he graduated with honors. Alex studied economics and financial markets at Bentley, where he stayed to complete his MBA. Following graduation, James began working for Morgan Stanley in New York City while Alex set off to work for Accenture. The two juggled their entrepreneurial responsibilities and professional lives as long as possible. As the success of The Free Ride grew, so did the inevitability of becoming full-time entrepreneurs. The pair finally left their day jobs to grow The Free Ride — life away from the corporate world has been one heck of a ride.