Citing city regulations that don’t allow flexible on-street parking for carsharing, BMW’s DriveNow carsharing program announced today that it would suspend service in San Francisco, its only US city, on November 2, 2015.
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Uber is trying its hand at operating more like a transit agency with fixed-route services in San Francisco. According to TechCrunch, its new “Smart Routes” service will have vehicles operating on a specified corridor with … Read the rest →
A recent Forbes article highlights the success of Chariot and the failure of other transit startups.
Among the startups that have stopped operating recently:
Night School: A late-night transbay bus service
Leap: A high-end commuter… Read the rest →
Lyft, Uber and Sidecar all announced new ridesharing options today revolving around carpooling.
Uber launched UberPool in San Francisco. Its a way to request a ride and request to share it with another person heading … Read the rest →
$5: The new minimum fare on UberX
UberX annouced today that it will lower fares by 20%:
The new fares are:
with a $5 minimum fare.
This compares favorably to San … Read the rest →
San Francisco recently launched the Bay Area Bike Share system, which closely followed launches of large bike sharing systems in Chicago and New York. Bike sharing systems are growing in popularity quickly: as of May … Read the rest →
Last month, Enterprise Car Rental acquired Zimride – a six-year-old ride matching service. Zimride was founded by the same team that more recently created Lyft, a peer-to-peer ridesharing service.
This is the second time an … Read the rest →
Last week, BMW announced a new program to help bolster the sales of its electric vehicles: the ability to bundle carsharing access with the purchase of a vehicle. This was along with the unveiling of … Read the rest →
Today FlightCar launched a full-service peer-to-peer carsharing option for car owners who don’t need their cars more than 4 days per month.
FlightCar Monthly offers car owners a guaranteed payment between $150 and $400/month, regardless … Read the rest →
Coinciding with the potential second BART strike on Monday, August 5, Uber is providing boat service between San Francisco and the East Bay. The service will be available one day only.
Boats leaving the East … Read the rest →
Peer-to-peer car-sharing company FlightCar has a nifty business model: combine the need for airport parking and airport car rental into a company the facilitates the sharing of resources. I’ve written about them a few times. … Read the rest →
Peer-to-peer ridesharing services have already had many legal challenges as they disrupt existing transportation services and work within regulations that were not written with them in mind.
On June 26, Lyft, Sidecar and Uber received … Read the rest →
Last week, as part of a promotion about summer service between New York City and the Hamptons, Uber offered one-way helicopter rides between New York City heliports and the Hamptons. An SUV ride for up … Read the rest →
Scooter-sharing company Scoot announced last week that all scoots can now be rented for one-way trips between any stations in the Scoot network.
Scoot currently supports 12 locations in San Francisco. There is no additional … Read the rest →
Personal vehicle travel is less efficient than a shared delivery vehicle[/caption]In San Francisco, a bunch of new local delivery services have popped up in the last few months.
Google Shopping Express is one of the … Read the rest →
Flightcar launched support for its second airport today at Boston Logan. Flightcar is a peer-to-peer carsharing company focused around airports.
Car owners can list their car on flightcar and in return get free parking while … Read the rest →
SFMTA released a draft of its Car Sharing Policy and Pilot Project. They are announcing a pilot project to allocate some on-street parking spaced to carsharing and peer-to-peer carsharing vehicles in San Francisco. Peer-to-peer carsharing … Read the rest →
Peer-to-peer carsharing may be illegal in New York State according to the Department of Financial Services. They issued Relay Rides a cease-and-desist letter last week after which the company suspended all carsharing in the entire … Read the rest →
Relay Rides announced today that they will acquire Wheelz, a competing peer-to-peer carsharing company. Wheelz was the smallest of the three peer-to-peer carsharing companies in the Bay Area with about 50 total vehicles for use … Read the rest →
The priceonomics blog has a great post on traditional taxis (medallion-based systems) vs new ridesharing startups (technology-based systems like Sidecar, Lyft, Uber and Instantcab). Its a great read about the current state of ridesharing in … Read the rest →
The Las Vegas Downtown project recently announced the purchase of 100 Teslas to kickstart their new transportation program: Project 100. They are aiming to build a transportation around Downtown Las Vegas to encourage people to … Read the rest →