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.