Carpooling is such a simple concept, but its popularity continues to decline. Despite our willingness to jump right into a cab, Uber or Lyft with a stranger, we have yet to buy into the value of doing that with a friend on the way to and from work.
But it’s a concept that won’t die. Just this year Facebook and Google launched new carpooling services in San Francisco. Uber Pool and Lyft Line are used in cities where that service is offered, and new carpool lanes are under construction in Los Angeles.
In a recent article, Paul Steinberg, co-founder of carpooling service Carma said, “If you pay a driver to show up, then it works, it’s great… but carpooling is the only mode of transport that’s a two-way negotiation, where a driver can change their mind at the last minute and it breaks down the whole system. It’s the hardest thing to solve.”
In our first Transit Trends episode, we take a look at “Casual Carpool” a decades-old program in San Francisco.
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