Essential Ground Connect


Essential Ground Connect provides Safe SUVs in the New York City area for individuals, businesses or communities in need of ground transport.

The service was originally launched by our MediMobility division to serve hospitals, including NYU Langone and Mount Sinai, helping to transport medical professionals and equipment.

These SUVs have been reconfigured with a plexiglass partition between the driver and passenger rows. An industry-leading Health and Safety Protocol, designed in collaboration with our Medical Advisor and hospital partners specifically for this moment in time, has also been implemented and includes:

  • Temperature and oxygen level tests for all drivers prior to shift start
  • All drivers are required to wear a mask and gloves at all times
  • Electrostatic decontamination and hand cleaning of each vehicle between trips
  • HEPA filtered climate control with elimination of recirculated air
  • For a full list of Health and Safety protocols see the FAQ below

This Healthy and Safety protocol exceeds that of most car services and all rideshare services like Uber, which rely on a network of independent contractors to service rides, rather than employees. Unlike those services that are unable to mandate any safety, cleanliness, or hygiene procedures leading to potential passenger risk, BLADE's Essential Ground Connect provides uniformity in vehicles and driver training.

BLADE’s ‘safe SUVs’ are available now and can be booked by the hour for the rate of $65 per hour plus gratuity–a significant discount as compared to other private car services.

Essential Ground Connect for Business

As companies plan to reopen their offices in New York City, the health and safety of employees is paramount. Mitigating any fears and concerns employees may have about commuting to and from work is just as important. The companies and hospitals that use BLADE Essential Ground Connect (EGC) see the value in providing ground transportation that not only makes employees feel safe and comfortable but also demonstrates that management cares about potential concerns colleagues may have about returning to the workplace.

Typical business use cases include:
(i) Shared SUV ground transportation (max two passengers per vehicle) to shuttle employees between home and work
(ii) Standby vehicles pre-positioned at offices to enable immediate departure
(iii) Airport transfers

This program is available now and provides a great way for companies to differentiate from the competition. Retail pricing is $65 per hour plus gratuity with significant discounts available to companies making volume commitments. Please contact our corporate sales team here.

FAQs
What makes Essential Ground Connect safe?
What is your health and safety protocol?
How is Essential Ground Connect different from a Black Car or ridesharing service like Uber or Lyft?
What’s the maximum distance for an Essential Ground Connect trip?
Can I extend the length of my trip?
Will the driver help me with my luggage?
What is the capacity of each vehicle?
How do I get charged?
What if I can't find my vehicle?
When can I book these vehicles?
What is your cancellation policy?
Are my BLADE credits that I’ve accumulated eligible to use for Essential Ground Connect?
Can I donate BLADE credits to your relief efforts?