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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Why ridesharing will surge ahead of public transportation?

Ridesharing is innovative in a time where people want immediate change. Public transportation services are deeply flawed, which continually affect the customer base requiring such services. Taxi drivers constantly complain that ridesharing companies are stealing their business. Furthermore, cab companies have attempted to halt ridesharing in major public transportation markets all across the United States. However, ridesharing continues to expand in hundreds of cities across the world.

We are witnessing one of the greatest transportation movements in recent time. Many transportation users are choosing to use alternative transportation services rather than hail a cab. Uber, Lyft and SideCar are the most notable transportation companies operating in major American cities. Of the three transportation companies, Uber (known as a transportation company) is leading the charge by offering a ridesharing service in their UberX division.

UberX is an affordable option where an Uber member can choose this ridesharing option instead of premium UberBlack and UberSUV services. An Uber member can drive from Sunol to San Francisco for $77. They can take a ride from Telegraph and 66th Ave. to Walnut Creek for $34. A ride from Geary Blvd and 9th Ave. to the Haight district may cost you $14-17. An airport trip from outer Mission to SFO may run you $30. A ride from San Bruno to SFO will cost an estimated $23. A ride from Caesar Chavez & Mission to Menlo Park cost $60. If you ride in taxis often enough, then you know these preceding ride rates are affordable. In our unbiased opinion, UberX is recognized as the most premiere ridesharing service in the transportation industry.

Next, we have Lyft as another ridesharing option. Lyft passengers choose this ridesharing service for this ridesharing company's trendy Pink mustache and fist-bumping culture. Nonetheless, Lyft drivers are expected to wear the flashy Pink mustache on their front car grills and fist-bump all riders. Back in October 2013, passengers would be expected to pay higher rates for rides. For example, a ride from downtown San Francisco to Burlingame would cost $48. Moreover, a ride from Pacific Heights District to Danville would cost exactly $100. Nevertheless, a ride from Outer Mission to Mountain View would cost $89. These Lyft rates are obviously much higher than UberX. As a matter of fact, Lyft recommends a tipping option that UberX does not request. On the opposing side, Lyft has recently reduced their ride rates 20% for the Spring season to compete in the ridesharing market.

SideCar is the smaller ridesharing company. This ridesharing company recently revised their ridesharing app to provide multiple ride options for their customer base. A SideCar customer can choose a closer ride at a higher price because drivers are given flexibility to charge between 1X-5X on base rides. A customary $8 ride at a 1.5X will now cost $12. A SideCar ride at 1.5X from Bayshore to the 3800 California area may run you about $33. A ride at 1.5X from higher Webster St. to lower Bush St. will cost $13. SideCar maintains a reliable user base of customers. However, their transportation influence is limited to select cities.

The taxi industry is aggressively challenging Uber, Lyft and SideCar. It is important to share supported claims coming from drivers and passengers who've witnessed taxi drivers taking mounted smartphones from ridesharing drivers, keying cars, stealing Pink mustaches affixed to grills, attempting to cause accidents and expressing extreme anger against ridesharing drivers. The taxi industry is choosing to complain and revolt rather than make innovate moves necessary to compete in this new transportation trend. Fighting to cease a new operation will only fuel ridesharing even further.

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Ridesharing companies grabbed a firm share of the transportation market. However, public transportation still maintains a reliable pool of riders necessary to fuel its business. There is enough room for ridesharing and taxi companies to coexist in this developing market. Buses, BART, Subways, Ligh Rail, and other forms of transportation continue to operate, serving a population that depends on daily rides at an affordable cost.

Ridesharing is gaining ground on transportation services. Riders are equipped with ridesharing apps with the ability to monitor the estimated time of arrival (ETA). We can honesty say that riders are spoiled by ETA, reflecting on the high demand of real-time rides on-demand. This is now a rider community willing to use ridesharing apps on a daily basis to service their transportation needs.

The taxi industry better engage and make changes or their transportation services may lose business. In this current time, ridesharing hasn't affected the taxi industry but this a premature assessment of what may come next. Riders want more than robots driving them to work, to the airport and to restaurants and bars. Taxi drivers should reflect on their past actions to improve ride service. For the most part, ridesharing is surging ahead of the taxi industry.

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