Blurred Lines Between Public and Private Transportation
Apps like Uber, Lyft, and CityMapper are blurring the lines between public and private transportation.
Recently CityMapper started a public transportation service named SmartRide where consumers can book a seat right through their mobile app. CityMapper tried their new service out on the streets of London. Through this trial, they learned that large busses are subject to strict regulations and have less flexibility with travel routes. So they re-invented their fleet with shorter, 8-passenger mini-buses to bypass laws and increase mobility.
Smaller Busses Equals No Regulation
Uber and Lyft have done the same thing here in the United States. Both services offer bulk transportation services where people can grab a ride from designated areas and get dropped off near their destination. Designed to fill the gaps in public transportation, the difference between these new services and city options is one word: regulation.
These app-based services operate much more like a taxi service than a public bus. However, these companies have full flexibility to make changes without going through any red tape.