Lyft Reveals Transportation Plan and Discounts for the Super Bowl

Lyft has just announced its transportation plan for Atlanta, to help streamline the city’s traffic flow and make getting around town easier on Feb. 3.
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The Super Bowl is just around the corner. Whether you watch the game live from Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, or via TV from the comfort of your living room, this year’s event promises an engaging experience for sports fans.

Lyft has just announced its transportation plan for Atlanta, to help streamline the city’s traffic flow and make getting around town easier on Feb. 3. That’s good news for everyone. Regardless of which team you’re cheering for this Super Bowl

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Different options for Lyft services

Super Bowl attendees have two options when choosing to use Lyft services on game day: e-scooters or conventional rideshare vehicles. According to Patch.com, Lyft will supply extra scooters to the city for the event. To rent a scooter, simply download the Lyft app to initiate a rental. If you prefer to go the more traditional route with a Lyft vehicle, rest assured that the company has multiple pick-up and drop-off designations in Atlanta, many of them near popular sites like the zoo and aquarium. The abundance of these stops means that you’ll have more options for catching a Lyft ride at a convenient location before and after the event.

Special discounts on game day

Besides offering an extended availability of scooters and a plethora of pick-up points, Lyft is also offering two special discounts on Feb. 3. Super Bowl attendees can take advantage of a 50-percent discount on Lyft rides to any MARTA station. This deal is good for transportation services during the week of the game. To activate this discount, go to the Lyft app and add the promo code SUPERMARTA. Attendees can also earn five miles for every dollar spent on Lyft rides in Atlanta during Feb. 1-3.


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UK Secretary Of State For Transport Hails Progress In UAE’s Hyperloop System

LONDON, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / WAM – 24th Jan, 2019) Chris Grayling , the UK Secretary of State for Transport, hailed the ambitious …

Chris Grayling , the UK Secretary of State for Transport, hailed the ambitious developmental projects ongoing in the UAE, singling out the progress achieved with regards to the world’s first Hyperloop System, being developed by the UAE as a significant step on the path to substantially evolve the transport sector in the country

LONDON, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / WAM – 24th Jan, 2019) Chris Grayling , the UK Secretary of State for Transport, hailed the ambitious developmental projects ongoing in the UAE, singling out the progress achieved with regards to the world‘s first Hyperloop System, being developed by the UAE as a significant step on the path to substantially evolve the transport sector in the country.

This came as Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development, discussed prospects of fostering cooperation between UAE and UK at a meeting with the UK Secretary of State for Transport in London.

Currently visiting the UK, Al Nuaimi, who is also Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority- Land & Maritime, said the UAE is looking forward to partaking of the launch of the UK Maritime Strategy this month, underlining the width and depth of the historical relations between the two countries across various fields.

Grayling noted that the ambitious infrastructure projects being developed by the UAE provide growing opportunities to further expand partnerships between the two sides.

The meeting was attended by Soliman Hamed Salim Al Mazrouei, UAE Ambassador to UK.

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Lyft, Uber reduce bus use 12.7 percent in SF, says study

According to a new study published by the University of Kentucky, “Public transit ridership in major US cities has been flat or declining over the past …

According to a new study published by the University of Kentucky, “Public transit ridership in major US cities has been flat or declining over the past few years,” and the three civil engineers who authored the paper are fairly confident that the likes of Lyft and Uber are to blame.

This is a familiar tune, as in recent years municipalities and academics alike have pointed the finger at ride-sharing companies for everything from increased gridlock to spikes in traffic crime to (naturally) declines in taxi use.

This new study, which focuses on 22 major municipal areas, including San Francisco and San Jose, and reproduced by Streetsblog, employs mathematical models to try to filter out unrelated influences and figure out precisely how much of the decline in bus and train use is likely due to app-enabled ride hailing technology.

Here is some of what they concluded:

  • There is not yet a general consensus on the effects of ride-hailing. “There is disagreement over the effect of TNCs [Transit Network Companies] on transit. Some authors argue TNCs are likely to increase transit ridership by providing first and las mile connectivity […] while other studies show that TNC users are likely to switch from transit, reducing ridership.”
  • But the data employed here shows that in most cases ride-hailing companies drive down public transit use more each year. “Our results suggest that for each year after TNCs enter a market, heavy rail ridership can be expected to decrease by 1.3 percent and bus ridership can be expected to decrease by 1.7 percent. This TNC effect builds with each passing year and may be an important driver of recent ridership declines.”
  • Bike sharing also negatively affects public transit, but here the results vary. “Bike share reduces bus ridership. This is also logical because bus trips are on average shorter than rail trips, and thus users may be more likely to switch to bike share due to the similardistances served by both modes.” However, the study also suggests that bike sharing can lead to an increase in use of heavy rail service, such as Cal Train, since biking provides an easy means of covering the last mile from a station.
  • Perhaps surprisingly, ride-hailing doesn’t seem to hurt light rail use much. “The light rail coefficient is also negative, but is [so small that it’s] insignificant.”
  • In San Francisco, the city will have to work twice as hard to make up the difference of lost ridership. “In a market like San Francisco, where Uber started operations in 2010, the model implies that we would expect a 12.7 percent decrease in bus ridership, all else being equal. […] SFMTA would need to increase bus service by slightly more than 25 percent in order to offset the loss of bus ridership to TNCs.”

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  • However, one size does not necessarily fit all when it comes to interpreting the numbers. “Certain cities may be influenced by specific conditions, such as service changes or maintenance issues that are not captured here. It would be useful for future studies to both expand the analysis to more cities, and to examine specific cities in further detail.”

In response to the study, an Uber spokesperson submitted a general statement to Curbed SF, saying, “While studies disagree on why US transit ridership is declining, everyone agrees on the solution. We need tools that help ensure sustainable travel modes like public transportation are prioritized over single occupant vehicles.”

Lyft spokesperson Lauren Alexander told Curbed SF that Lyft aims to “[promote]transportation equity through shared rides, bikeshare systems, electric scooters, and public transit partnerships” and touted the Lyft app’s new feature identifying nearby transit routes (not yet available in the Bay Area).

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Wag Founders New Venture Wheels Raises $37 Million, Introduces Sustainable Operations and …

Investors, which include Tenaya Capital, Bullpen Capital, Crosscut Capital, 3L Capital, Naval Ravikant, and a collection of strategic investors from the …

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 23, 2019–Wheels, the dockless electric mobility and transportation company, today announced it raised $37 million.

Investors, which include Tenaya Capital, Bullpen Capital, Crosscut Capital, 3L Capital, Naval Ravikant, and a collection of strategic investors from the entertainment and sports communities, are excited about Wheels’ unique form factor and proprietary manufacturing methods, which help eliminate waste and creates economies of scale for fast, sustainable multi-city growth.

“We have always imagined a world without traffic,” said Jonathan Viner, President at Wheels, who co-founded the company with his brother Joshua Viner. The Viner brothers previously founded the popular dog walking app Wag which raised nearly $400 million and transformed the dog walking industry. “When we evaluated this market, we identified a major opportunity to better serve cities with a sustainability-first approach to dockless electric mobility. We’ve spent countless research and development hours on new manufacturing and servicing models to afford first-ever offerings such as swappable part replacements and removable batteries.”

Wheels is introducing the first cost-efficient maintenance and operations model for the dockless electric vehicle economy. The company evolved the market in two important ways.

Maintenance: the unique modular manufacturing methods result in swappable parts and batteries, resulting in real-time dynamic maintenance up keep and a four times longer product life cycle compared to other dockless vehicles on the market; and

Operations: vehicle transporters can earn money simply by relocating bikes to a location where Wheels handles upkeep and battery swaps based on real-time monitoring services.

“We’ve focused on sustainability in creating version 2.0 of the dock-less electric revolution. Our modular bike and innovative operating model maximize uptime and extend vehicle life. Combined with strong rider demand, these factors drive compelling unit economics,” said Joshua Viner, CEO at Wheels.

Wheels has already surpassed competitors in daily trips in the Gaslamp district of San Diego and is seeing more than seven rides per day per bike. Wheels plans to increase rapidly across Southern California and nationwide and is working closely with city officials as it rolls out.

Wheels is also adding former Bird, Uber and Lyft executives to its management team. The newest members include Ben Shaken who is joining as Chief Product Officer from Lyft where he was Director of Product. Also joining the team is Marco McCottry as Chief Operating Officer. Previously, McCottry served as an executive at Uber where he ran the Midwest business, and most recently led North American Operations for Bird.

“I’ve seen the explosion of last mile transportation first hand and understand the importance of keeping a promise of sustainability to consumers and society,” said McCottry. “And that’s why I’m so excited to be a part of Wheels. The solutions to so many issues experienced by the first wave are baked into the operational approach.”

About Wheels

Wheels is a last-mile, shared electric mobility platform changing the current landscape in dockless mobility. With innovative products focused on sleek design and safety, Wheels provides a low-cost, fun, and comfortable way to get around cities through the connection of a smartphone. Wheels is headquartered in West Hollywood, California, with plans to expand quickly across the world. Wheels was founded by brothers Joshua Viner and Jonathan Viner. Prior to Wheels Joshua and Jonathan founded the popular dog walking app Wag with the mission of creating the safest and most trusted platform to get your dog walked. They scaled to over 100 cities, raising almost $400 million in funding for Wag.

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Study: San Francisco Public Transit Takes Hit With Ride-Hailing Apps

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – Since the rise of ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft, public transit ridership in San Francisco and other major U.S. …

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – Since the rise of ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft, public transit ridership in San Francisco and other major U.S. cities has taken a hit, according to a new study.

The study by the University of Kentucky (.pdf) is the broadest one to date, looking at 22 major cities across the country, and in particular San Francisco, where the impact on public transit is significant.

Researchers found since 2010, bus ridership in San Francisco has dropped nearly 13 percent.

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The study also found public transit ridership was reduced in all the major cities they looked at, except for Seattle.

On average, bus ridership declined by 1.7 percent, while ridership declined by 1.3 percent. What makes matters worse for transit agencies is that the declines are cumulative, adding up year after year.

For transit agencies to increase ridership, the study found that agencies would have to increase service by 20 percent, which is not feasible for many transit operators.

KPIX 5 has reached out to Uber and Lyft for comment early Wednesday morning, but has not received a response.

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