Local Transit

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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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?

1 month ago

FlixBus to Take Its Distinct Business Model to the U.S. to Compete With Megabus

FlixBus to Take Its Distinct Business Model to the U.S. to Compete With Megabus

Frank Jordans, Associated Press

A few years ago, higher-quality discount buses cropped up like weeds in the U.S. At first they were a breath of fresh air — we were thrilled to not be dying in a fire on the side of the highway, and there was Wi-Fi. But the novelty wore off and now it's just another jam-packed, snack-stained bus stuck in traffic. Is FlixBus bringing anything new to the table?

2 months ago

Uber Tests Express Pool Service to Compete With Public Transportation

Uber Tests Express Pool Service to Compete With Public Transportation

Tom Krisher, Associated Press

Uber has been working on ways to bridge the gaps in public transportation for years. Express Pool, which asks travelers to walk to Uber vehicles instead of getting picked up where they are, is the company's most visible attempt yet to crack the huge market of commuters in the U.S.

3 months ago

Trump’s Bad Approach to Transportation Laid Bare in Plans for Northeast Corridor Rail Network

Trump’s Bad Approach to Transportation Laid Bare in Plans for Northeast Corridor Rail Network

Mark Niquette, Bloomberg

This is an embarrassment on every level for U.S. infrastructure.

3 months ago

Bikesharing in China Lacks a Sustainable Business Model

Bikesharing in China Lacks a Sustainable Business Model

Adam Minter, Bloomberg

Bikesharing in China could use more structure, and that could help cities like Beijing meet their air quality goals, which is key for tourism. Racing to the bottom on price can't be the main priority.

6 months ago

London Tests Running Double Decker Buses Partly on Coffee Grounds

London Tests Running Double Decker Buses Partly on Coffee Grounds

Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg

Centuries ago, London was the first European city to embrace cafe culture. Now it hopes to be the first to put coffee grounds to use as biofuel mixed with diesel to power its iconic buses. We admire how the innovation keeps percolating.

6 months ago

Trump Plan to Improve U.S. Infrastructure Is Going Nowhere for Now

Trump Plan to Improve U.S. Infrastructure Is Going Nowhere for Now

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

A plan to invest in U.S. infrastructure was supposed to be a slam dunk for the Trump administration. Yet even with an experienced political operator such as the Secretary of Transportation, it's now unclear whether any robust plan will ever come to fruition.

9 months ago

Airport-Style Body Scanners Tested in Los Angeles Subway System

Airport-Style Body Scanners Tested in Los Angeles Subway System

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press

Officials in Los Angeles say the machines can scan about 600 people per hour in a bid to detect mass casualty threats. It seems like a great move if the system is effective.

9 months ago

Uber’s Next CEO Could Be GE’s Last CEO

Uber’s Next CEO Could Be GE’s Last CEO

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

We think Uber needs leadership and wisdom, but it also needs leadership that isn’t happy with the status quo. And “CEO of GE” is as status quo as we can think of when it comes to business.

10 months ago

Lux Bus Startup Hopes Design and Flat Beds Will Make Overnight Trips Appealing

Lux Bus Startup Hopes Design and Flat Beds Will Make Overnight Trips Appealing

Colin Nagy, Skift

Cabin seeks to bring style and a "moving hotel" approach to the overnight bus journey. They've nailed the design and approach, but will Californians choose it over flying?

10 months ago