(via Google Shuttle Privilege, Broken Down in Handy Map Form | Uptown Almanac)
I couldn’t have dreamed up a better way of illustrating how the neo-liberal mania toward privatization exacerbates effective wealth disparity even among and between the middle class in the United States.  I would love to get a sense of how much all of this costs and how those costs compare to public systems.  Sure, the private systems might be cheaper per passenger-mile!  (Though I seriously doubt it, considering the relative luxury of the vehicles and after balancing externalities that the SFMTA has to pay for but Bauer’s doesn’t.)
It’s as if we, as a society, could chose to aggregate all this service into expansive systems enabling community development and commercial enterprise that benefitted from cost-efficiency compounded with network effects and make it affordable and accessible to everyone.
I’m sorry, Silicon Valley, but when your alternative transportation systems are being out-innovated by the 19th Century, you’re doing it wrong.

(via Google Shuttle Privilege, Broken Down in Handy Map Form | Uptown Almanac)

I couldn’t have dreamed up a better way of illustrating how the neo-liberal mania toward privatization exacerbates effective wealth disparity even among and between the middle class in the United States.  I would love to get a sense of how much all of this costs and how those costs compare to public systems.  Sure, the private systems might be cheaper per passenger-mile!  (Though I seriously doubt it, considering the relative luxury of the vehicles and after balancing externalities that the SFMTA has to pay for but Bauer’s doesn’t.)

It’s as if we, as a society, could chose to aggregate all this service into expansive systems enabling community development and commercial enterprise that benefitted from cost-efficiency compounded with network effects and make it affordable and accessible to everyone.

I’m sorry, Silicon Valley, but when your alternative transportation systems are being out-innovated by the 19th Century, you’re doing it wrong.

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