Local Transit

Bird Rides Sues Beverly Hills Over Electric Scooter Ban

Bird Rides Sues Beverly Hills Over Electric Scooter Ban

Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg

Who controls the streets? Cars, buses, bikes, pedestrians, motorcycles, skateboards or scooters? It's a question perplexing big cities, as new business models and the sharing economy exert their influence. That's the underlying issue in Bird Rides Inc. v. City of Beverly Hills.

2 weeks ago

Future of Electric Transportation Will Be on Two-Wheel Vehicles, Not Cars

Future of Electric Transportation Will Be on Two-Wheel Vehicles, Not Cars

Adam Minter, Bloomberg

Take off your Western blinders and see how much of the world gets around on pollution-heavy two-wheel vehicles. That's where the disruptive force of clean, electric transportation may lie.

1 month ago

London’s $15 Billion Crossrail Line Delayed Until Late 2019

London’s $15 Billion Crossrail Line Delayed Until Late 2019

Aine Quinn and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

A nine-month delay for additional safety tests is understandable for a project of this magnitude. The faster and less costly links to London’s main airport Heathrow will lift tourism as long as Crossrail provides frequent service to the airport's busiest terminal, Terminal 5.

3 months ago

San Francisco’s New $2.2 Billion Transit Center Doubles as a Tourist Site

San Francisco’s New $2.2 Billion Transit Center Doubles as a Tourist Site

Lorin Eleni Gill, Associated Press

This transit station is drawing visitors for its Instagram-worthy hall crowned by a stylized oculus and its outdoor park with scenic views.

3 months ago

Japan’s Gleaming Rail Giant JR East Endures on White-Glove Service

Japan’s Gleaming Rail Giant JR East Endures on White-Glove Service

Samantha Culp

Average train delays of 36 seconds every year? Who could complain about that kind of service? The Japanese icon JR East is one of the subjects in Skift's recent sixth anniversary book, For the Long Haul, Lessons on Business Longevity, whose chapters we are excerpting for you here in the coming weeks.

3 months ago

Uber to Cover Its South African Drivers With Insurance in Case of Violence

Uber to Cover Its South African Drivers With Insurance in Case of Violence

Loni Prinsloo, Bloomberg

Sometimes you can do well by doing right. Uber is correct to offer insurance to its drivers in South African cities in case of their death or injury due to violent attacks or crime. That move should also help it woo more drivers to sign up.

4 months ago

Helsinki-Based Mobility App Aims to Make Personal Cars Obsolete

Helsinki-Based Mobility App Aims to Make Personal Cars Obsolete

Kati Pohjanpalo, Bloomberg

This sounds like an urban utopia. Will this mobility app really get car lovers to sell their vehicles? Or will it just be an option for people who were never going to buy cars in the first place?

4 months ago

Lyft Snaps Up Bike Rental Company Offering Citi Bike

Lyft Snaps Up Bike Rental Company Offering Citi Bike

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Lyft's push into the bike rental business may prove to its executives how little overlap there is with ridesharing. Can Lyft handle a whole new set of challenges presented by politics and regulations?

5 months ago

Scooter Startups Believe They Can Become the Next Uber or Lyft

Scooter Startups Believe They Can Become the Next Uber or Lyft

Joshua Brustein, Bloomberg

Thinking you can revolutionize urban mobility is a start, but for these electric scooter startups that possibility seems far from the reality at the moment, if you ask us.

6 months ago

Lime Goes Beyond Scooters to Transit Pods for Streamlining Urban Mobility

Lime Goes Beyond Scooters to Transit Pods for Streamlining Urban Mobility

Joshua Brustein, Bloomberg

This sounds like a good idea, an electricity-powered car-like vehicle that shuttles people about town that's one-third the size of a parking space. And yet those parking spaces are paved with the skeletons of failed urban transit experiments.

6 months ago

Electric Scooters May Compete With Bikes — and Cars — on City Streets

Electric Scooters May Compete With Bikes — and Cars — on City Streets

Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg

Electric scooters may play a heightened role in the plethora of urban transport options for people and businesses. In places like Colombia, for example, they are already a popular transportation mode. As startups get into gear, larger ridesharing companies may bring them into the fold.

7 months ago

Uber Is Paying $100 Million to Buy an Electric Bicycle-Rental Company

Uber Is Paying $100 Million to Buy an Electric Bicycle-Rental Company

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Can Uber disrupt the e-bike sharing industry as it has with ridesharing? And can Uber clear up any obstacles or objections to e-bike use in certain cities that have banned them?

7 months ago