Ride-hailing service RubyRide adding Sto-Rox pilot to South Hills testing

A new ride-hailing service already operating in the South Hills is eyeing a second test area in Pittsburgh’s suburbs.

RubyRide has a pilot program that launched in the Clairton area in late October and will be starting a second pilot Feb. 1 in areas that make up the Sto-Rox School District.

The company charges a monthly fee for as many rides as you’d like and pays its drivers as waged workers instead of gig economy contractors. It draws its funding from several sources including local businesses, organizations, and even employers.

“Our goal is to provide all of the freedom that you have with a car in the driveway without having to have a car in the driveway,” said Jeff Ericson, the company’s CEO and founder.