An article worth your time.
This time last year, it was easy to poke fun at Uber when it announced a “bold experiment”—shared cars running on fixed routes—that sounded suspiciously like a bus.
Twelve months later, Uber has begun to replace the bus.
It’s not that Americans are using rideshare services instead of buses, though that may be happening too—bus ridership has fallen in almost every major U.S. city over the past decade.
Rather, transit agencies have begun to collaborate with ride-hailing companies to replace low-ridership bus routes with subsidized cab services or otherwise supplement their coverage. Tesla CEO Elon Musk believes the end of fixed-route transit is nigh, and that smaller, autonomous shared “buses” will soon ferry passengers directly to their destinations.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Uber has begun to replace the bus. Bus ridership has fallen in almost every major U.S. city over the past decade.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 7:39 PM