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Uber wants to take over public transit, one small town at a time.
Many of cities are struggling to fund existing transit service, much less expand it to meet the needs of growing numbers of urban commuters. Both Uber and Lyft say that in the past year they have seen a surge in public officials interested in giving the companies taxpayer dollars for public transit contracts. For the companies, it’s an appealing new way to establish themselves as vital infrastructure, especially in low-density communities where running traditional mass transit can be expensive.
Taxi companies can play this role. In fact, in many cases - companies are already public service providers through NHS, NEMT and school contracts. An interesting space to keep an eye on moving forward.
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