Comment 113266

By mdrejhon (registered) - website | Posted August 04, 2015 at 10:52:57 in reply to Comment 113196

GO Transit DIAL-A-BUS did this from 1973-1976. Not limited to the disabled. Using a callcenter that tracked the buses via CB radios.

But today, it would be vastly more efficient than the most-money-losing bus routes, with Uber-style hailing interfaces, would be open to everyone, and the fleet would be big enough for taxi-style quickness (or better) of 5, 10 or 15 minutes depending on area.

Problem is....It needs to be legal.....Right now there's only UberX and UberPOOL.

Gotcha.

But once a municipality decides to compete with taxi companies and Uber, watch out -- this is a viable form of new public transit much more cost-efficient-to-run than the 1970's GO Transit DIAL-A-BUS service. Tap a button your smartphone and a muncipal carpool-minibus (best-fit to route of your destination) hybrid shows up at your GPS position within 10-15 minutes.

It can be a public transit connector, such as bringing people to major corridors such as the Hamilton LRT.

Comment edited by mdrejhon on 2015-08-04 10:56:13

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