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AVs could improve transportation access in "transit deserts"

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

More large U.S. cities are seeing their outer reaches turn into transit deserts, where demand for transportation vastly exceeds supply.

The big picture: Economic inequality and urban sprawl have contributed to the problem, which generates barriers to health care access, employment and even everyday shopping. Connecting public transit systems with automated vehicles — whether in ride-sharing or shuttle services — could offer one solution.

Lyft's new problem: A class action lawsuit

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Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Lyft last Friday was hit with a class action lawsuit by investors in its IPO, who have seen the value of their shares fall precipitously.

My thought bubble: Normally I ignore such cash grabs, as they reek of sour grapes. But this one, with or without merit, highlights a reason why both Lyft and Uber have struggled since going public.