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 …

Cincinnati and Uber partner on where the service picks riders up or drops them off, a “missing data set for cities”, to design the “curb of the future”

Smart City Dive, 31 Jan 2018 Uber announced a new long-term partnership with the City of Cincinnati, dubbed the Cincinnati Mobility Lab, to study the impacts of shared mobility on public transit and make the city a “center of innovation.” The multi-year commitment will include: addressing the growing demand for curb space; rolling out Uber Movement to leverage city data for research and analysis; launching …

ZipCar flex saves 54% over Uber/Lyft in London and eliminates extra driving/empty miles

Car Sharing Goes Up a Gear in London With Expansion of Zipcar Flex: As private car ownership continues to drop in London, car sharing is taking off LONDON, Jan. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, announced that Zipcar Flex, the Company’s ‘floating’ car sharing service is now available to nearly 3.5m Londoners*. Zipcar Flex allows members to …

Early microtransit trials have shown it’s better to build on existing services than try to create entirely new systems

By Patrick Sisson  Jan 9, 2018, StreetsBlog  KCATA Wrapped Ford Transit Van photographed Feb. 10, 2016 in front of Kansas City’s Union Station. Bridj In the age of Uber and Lyft, many planners and pundits believe the answer to mass transit’s shrinking ridership and service issues must be better technology. But a new study of municipal microtransit—small-scale, on-demand public transit services—suggests the real issue …