App that connects temp workers and freelancers to hiring companies, Wonolo, has recently announced a new partnership with Waze Carpool. The app will debut this feature in the Bay Area in Chicago first, where approximately 50,000 workers use Wonolo.
Wonolo counts companies like Papa John’s, Uniqlo, and Coca-Cola among its customers, and most of the work available on Wonolo is for temporary jobs in fields like fulfillment and distribution, which companies tend to need more workers for around the holidays.
AJ Brustein, Wonolo’s COO and cofounder, said a survey among Wonolo users earlier this year found that after pay, location was the number one factor in determining whether they would take a job. And while some workers were able to use their own car to get to a job, many others rely on public transportation.
“The location piece is really about ‘Can I get to this place?'” Brustein told VentureBeat. “If I don’t have a car, does the public transportation run during the times that I need to get there and then leave?’ ‘And then if there’s public transportation, how difficult is it — do I have to change buses three times or something?'”
Until the end of January, Wonolo users in the Bay Area and Chicago will get free rides through Waze Carpool. Waze Carpool normally charges riders a maximum of 54 cents per mile. That’s because the IRS has a maximum limit of 54 cents per mile on driving expenses, so drivers can count it as reimbursement on their taxes, rather than as income.
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