Uber & Mass Transit

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Uber & Mass Transit
Posted by NKP guy on Thursday, August 08, 2019 6:39 PM

   Here's an interesting article outlining Uber's plans for the near and long term future.  They want to be "the Amazon of transportation."  Note the implications for commuter rail systems.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/07/technology/uber-train-bus-public-transit.html

 

 

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Friday, August 09, 2019 6:42 AM

That is assuming that Uber doesn't run out of money before driverless cars are perfected and they don't have to pay drivers.

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, August 09, 2019 9:45 AM

Uber can benefit public transportation by providing a better link between home and station.

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Posted by JPS1 on Friday, August 09, 2019 10:54 AM

daveklepper
 Uber can benefit public transportation by providing a better link between home and station. 

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) signed a contract with Uber in March 2019 to provide shared rides in six zones in DART’s service area, including the Inland Port in southern Dallas and Legacy West in Plano. The rides will be subsidized by DART.
 
The service will be pooled as opposed to a single ride.  It will match riders headed in the same direction.
 
The estimated cost of the one-year contract is $1.5 million.  DART will pay approximately half the cost; the other half will come from U.S. DOT funds.
 
DART’s motive for signing the contract, at least in part, is due to declining ridership.  For example, between 2016 and 2018 bus ridership fell by 10.4 percent.  Light rail ridership declined 2.6 percent. 

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