The next big thing in transportation is carpooling

By Casey Newton : theverge – excerpt

Lyft launches a new way to share your ride with strangers, and Uber follows

Carpooling, that time-honored technique for making sure the kids get to soccer practice, is making a comeback in Silicon Valley. Lyft, the fast-growing ridesharing startup, is introducing a new service today to match you with one or more passengers heading in the same direction. The main benefit: a fare that the company says is up to 60 percent less than normal.

Lyft Line will show you your fare up front, and let you pay the smaller amount even if the company fails to match you with another person. The company says it’s part of an effort to make on-demand rides a viable alternative to car ownership and public transportation. In developing Line, the company noted that 90 percent of Lyft trips see someone taking the same trip within five minutes. “What we can do with that is build a whole new type of public transit,” co-founder Logan Green told reporters this week… (more)

Who needs an app to carpool? Next they will need an app to hitch-hike. All we needed was a thumb.

Arguments against MUNI infrastructure improvement bond

Letter to barbarycoastnews – excerpt

Arguments against MUNI infrastructure improvement bond

What does the ballot measure do:

Raises property taxes and rents (50% pass-through) to pay for General Obligation Bonds of $500 million, with $350 million in interest payments, for a total debt load of $850 million.

Funds “may be allocated” for transit and roads—carte blanche authority for unspecific projects.

If the Bond is rejected by voters, property taxes and rents would be reduced for everyone—not just for rich companies and the wealthy.

To read the Ordinance’s legal language is to oppose the Bond Measure.

http://www.sfgov2.org/ftp/uploadedfiles/elections/ElectionsArchives/Meeting_Information/BSC/agendas/2014/November/1-B%20Transportation%20Road%20Improvement%20GO.pdf

The Ordinance’s legal language makes no definitive commitment to any specific work:  “Projects to be funded under the proposed Bond may include but are not limited to the following: 

Then, for eight project types, all eight begin with:  “A portion of the Bond may be allocated to…” 

In financial decisions, never sign a contract when the terms and deliverables are ambiguous.

Throwing billions of dollars at bad Muni projects hasn’t worked... (more)

Are San Francisco voters likely to raise their property taxes and rents to pay for more Muni projects?