More than two dozen transit agencies have launched partnerships with transportation network companies, with varying degrees of success

BY SKIP DESCANT / AUGUST 20, 2018,  Transit and Ride-Sharing Partnerships on the Rise, Despite Growing Pains, Government Tech What Do Transit Riders Prize Even More than Cheap Tickets? Convenience Think Uber and Lyft Are Killing Transit? Think Again Airport Parking Takes Hit From Uber, Lyft A woman awaits a ride via a ride-hailing app like Uber or Lyft. Roughly two-dozen transit agencies have launched …

BMW’s ReachNow offers a new urban mobility solution

Passengers in Seattle can now choose between driving themselves via car-sharing or hailing a ride from a professional driver, through the same app. BMW-owned ReachNow has announced an all-new experience which operates both car-sharing and ride-hailing from the same app. ReachNow Members in Seattle can now access both ReachNow ‘Drive’, a car-sharing service where they drive themselves and ReachNow ‘Ride’, a …

Uber has an employee not a contractor relationship according to NY case and a ‘precedential’ victory

The Taxi Workers Alliance believes the decision will be “broadly precedential,” and creates a new “safety net” for a beleaguered workforce. | AP Photo By DANA RUBINSTEIN, Politico.com  07/18/2018 07:01 PM EDT In what worker advocates are calling a substantial victory that could impact Uber drivers statewide, the New York State labor review board has made a final determination that three …

With the decline in car ownership for young people and the increased interest in all-electric vehicles, VW is announcing a new all-electric car-sharing platform called ‘WE’ that will launch next year.

The news was announced by the Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Sales, Jürgen Stackmann, at an event held in Berlin today that with the decline in car ownership for young people and the increased interest in all-electric vehicles, VW is announcing a new all-electric car-sharing platform called ‘WE’ that will launch next year. Stackmann said: “We are convinced that the car …

Lyft and Uber Won’t Be Happy Until They’re Your One-Stop Transit Guide

Lyft is buying the parent company of CitiBike and other bike-sharing programs.CreditGabriela Bhaskar for The New York Times By Michael J. de la Merced July 3, 2018 Uber and Lyft came to prominence with their ride-hailing services. But increasingly they’re betting on other modes of transportation — with the aim of becoming the only service people need to get around cities. Lyft …

Adjusted MIT and Rideshare Guy survey data still has median drivers earning below minimum wage in their states

An MIT research paper compared the earnings and costs of 1,100+ drivers on the two ride-sharing platforms, with the original version of the study concluding that the median profit was just $3.37 per hour — with 74% of the drivers earning less than the minimum wage in the state where they operate.  The researchers also found that a median driver generates $0.59 per mile …

What Can Transit Agencies Learn from TNCs’ Late-Night Popularity?

By Colin Murphy January 25, 2018 Research, Ridesourcing, Shared-Use Mobility (Research) A new study by SUMC for the Transit Cooperative Research Program finds that peak use of transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft comes on weekends and evenings, not during rush hours when public-transit use is highest. SUMC’s findings were based on one of the first uses of origin-destination trip data provided by …

Uber, the “Metropocalypse,” and Economic Inequality

Posted on February 5, 2018 by Working-Class Perspectives, Georgetown, DC Public transit infrastructure in Washington, D.C. is crumbling. Metro and bus services have been cut. Fares have gone up. And, safety remains a problem. After 40 years of deferred maintenance, poor management, and the lack of decent, long-term funding, the Metro system needs $1.4 billion worth of repairs, and it must close …

For public transit agencies losing riders, microtransit might be an answer

Chicago Tribune and Washington Post Debra Dezon, left, asks microtransit driver John Scott for a ride along the Georgia Avenue route of the District of Columbia’s microtransit services system. Cities and transit agencies are experimenting with microtransit, which provide transportation options in underserved areas. (Jahi Chikwendiu / The Washington Post) Luz LazoWashington Post Declines in public transit ridership are pushing …

Cities: Digitize curb assets today

CURBED DEMANDS: The humble curb is fast becoming the city’s hottest asset, by Karen Hao, 26 Jan 2018, Quartz Curbed Could this be the key to solving urban congestion? (Rikki Chan/Unsplash) SHARE WRITTEN BY Karen Hao January 26, 2018 In the city of the future, the ability to get people from point A to point B will be as much about …