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Uber to Launch Helicopter Rides in New York City

Uber to Launch Helicopter Rides in New York City

Hailey Waller, Bloomberg

It makes sense that Uber would start carving out a market in the air mobility space. Launching helicopter ridehailing is a first step toward paving a path for its electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, which are currently in development.

1 year ago

Greyhound Up for Sale as Owner Bows to Investor Pressure

Greyhound Up for Sale as Owner Bows to Investor Pressure

John Bowker and Lisa Pham, Bloomberg

It didn't take long for activist investor Coast Capital to get its way. Let's see who wants to buy Greyhound.

1 year ago

Startups Target Asian Markets for Flying Taxis Debut

Startups Target Asian Markets for Flying Taxis Debut

Richard Weiss and Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg

Air taxis that can transport tourists and provide support flights after natural disasters can’t happen soon enough. However regulatory hurdles may delay their debut. Fortunately in Asia, cities such as Singapore and Dubai love them.

1 year ago

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.

1 year 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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?

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years ago