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“the system was being abused by those in the youth bracket who were using Uber at $3 to go to Starbucks (as an example), purchase a drink, then go back to school or meet their friends.”

‘Uber Was Supposed To Be Our Public Transit’

citylab.com/transportation/201

@kai As a former public bus system rider, and someone that briefly used #Uber to get to and from work in #PR, I'd rather the cities bought smaller buses or even vans and covered larger parts of the city for more hours of the day. With ride-hailing, drivers often have other jobs, so may be unavailable during peak demand times. And unpredictable delays in pick-ups mean that your boss has to be understanding or you'll lose your job.

@lnxw48a1 it's also frustrating that there is competition between Uber (an international company) and every single individual municipality. This is an unfair match.

If mobile applications and data can improve public transportation, then municipalities need to work together to address this.

Maybe I'm naive and just don't understand how sophisticated Uber's product is, but it's frustrating to see Uber's pockets lined with public money for private gain.

The part where riders get in larger vans sounds good, but "on demand" could mean waiting until there are 5-10 people to be picked up, and without fixed drop-off points, riders could be carried around town for extended time periods before being dropped off at their own destinations.

In one area I lived, there was a dial-a-ride service, with variable pick-up and drop-off locations. But "dial-and-cry" was too unreliable. One could spend the entire afternoon riding around town waiting to be dropped off. Eventually, choosing between an hour walking or anywhere from 10 minutes to 2.5 hours riding always went toward the reliable walk.
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