Jun 19, 2017

Lyft has a good reason to offer a bus-like service

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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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