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On Monday, a short Lifehacker review of Lyft's latest service, Shuttle, elicited chuckles on Twitter. Shuttle is just like a bus service, but under Lyft's ride-hailing brand.

But here's the thing: It's already been proven—at least in San Francisco—that there's a market for busses that aren't part of the city's public transit.

Bottom line: The fact that there is a demand for alternatives is telling: the local public transit system isn't meeting the needs of some consumers, who are willing to pay a bit more for comfort and convenience.

Chariot: The best proof of this is Chariot, a three-year-old startup that provides commuters with rides on comfortable 14-seat busses for a few dollars. Chariot's routes are fixed but the company choose each one by soliciting consumer feedback. The result: Ford acquired the startup last fall for a reported $65 million, and Chariot has since added more routes, expanded to Austin (and a trial run in Tahoe), and plans to add more cities this year.

And that's not to mention the popularity of Lyft Line and UberPool, the ride-hailing companies' respective carpooling options, among commuters and other passengers, who are willing to spend just a bit more to avoid public transit.

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Biden: Breonna Taylor indictment "does not answer" call for justice

Former Vice President Joe Biden. Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday condemned the grand jury indictment of a Louisville police officer who entered Breonna Taylor's home in March in a botched drug raid that led to her death, saying in a statement the decision "does not answer" for equal justice.

The big picture: Biden called for reforms to address police use of force and no-knock warrants, while demanding a ban on chokeholds. He added that people "have a right to peacefully protest, but violence is never acceptable."

Trump refuses to commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses

President Trump repeatedly refused to say on Wednesday whether he would commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the election to Joe Biden, saying at a press briefing: "We're going to have to see what happens."

The big picture: Trump has baselessly claimed on a number of occasions that the only way he will lose the election is if it's "rigged," claiming — without evidence — that mail-in ballots will result in widespread fraud. Earlier on Wednesday, the president said he wants to quickly confirm a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg because he believes the Supreme Court may have to decide the result of the election.

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