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Courtesy of Lyft

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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Neera Tanden withdraws nomination for Office of Management and Budget director

Neera Tanden testifying before the Senate Budget Committee in Washington, D.C., in February 2021. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Neera Tanden withdrew her name from nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget, President Biden announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: Tanden’s nomination was already in peril after several senators voiced opposition and concern about her qualifications and past combative tweets.

What's ahead for the newest female CEOs

Jane Fraser (L) and Rosalind Brewer. Photos: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images; Rodrigo Capote/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

The number of women at the helm of America’s biggest companies pales in comparison to men, but is newly growing — and their tasks are huge.

What's going on: Jane Fraser took over at Citigroup this week, the first woman to ever lead a major U.S. bank. Rosalind Brewer will take the reins at Walgreens in the coming weeks (March 15) — a company that's been run by white men for more than a century.

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Biden says U.S. will have enough vaccines for 300 million adults by end of May

President Biden. Photo: Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images

President Biden on Tuesday said that ramped-up coronavirus vaccine production will provide enough doses for 300 million Americans by the end May.

Why it matters: That's two months sooner than Biden's previous promise of enough vaccines for all American adults by the end of July.