Local Transit

Rail Is the Next Big Thing for Asia’s Online Travel Platforms

Rail Is the Next Big Thing for Asia’s Online Travel Platforms

Raini Hamdi, Skift

After low cost carriers, the next big thing that will change the way Asians travel could be rail. A rail-volution is in the air and online travel platforms want in. But it’s not that easy. Here’s why.

3 months ago

Bad News for Jakarta Tourism as Mass Rapid Transit Project Hits a Glitch

Bad News for Jakarta Tourism as Mass Rapid Transit Project Hits a Glitch

Yoga Rasmana, Bloomberg

Any postponement of Mass Rapid Transit construction in Jakarta is bad news, not just for residents but business travelers and tourists who also must deal with crawling traffic. Hopefully, it's just a temporary glitch.

4 months ago

Uber CEO Hopes IPO Will Solve Its Saudi Arabia Investor Problem

Uber CEO Hopes IPO Will Solve Its Saudi Arabia Investor Problem

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Uber needs to shed its Saudi Arabia investment as long as Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman remains in power, and the country bombs innocents in Yemen. Uber's leaders know they have to do this, but how they dump their Saudi investment and the extent of the divorce remain to be seen.

6 months ago

Recall Puts Spotlight on Dominant Chinese Scooter Manufacturer

Recall Puts Spotlight on Dominant Chinese Scooter Manufacturer

Mark Bergen and Joshua Brustein, Bloomberg

Micro-mobility providers have a long way to go in terms of smooth functionality. Will scooters eventually suffer the same fate as the Segway?

6 months ago

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.

7 months 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.

7 months 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.

9 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.

9 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.

9 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.

10 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?

10 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?

11 months ago