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I think this has an enormous potential. Collective Transport, on demand. Would this work also with mini-buses? They could be pretty well filled, instead of waiting for regular (or even not so regular) half-empty/overfull buses.
Note that in ‘developing’ countries such shared transport works already pretty well, and without any electronic devices …
Access also does not have to be only via smartphone, but could be by telephone, internet, or sign on for a regular work-week. Sharing the vehicle should make it much cheaper than a regular taxi fare, and also cheaper than owning a car, e.g. to drive alone in a car in from the suburbs to downtown.
Similar to a developing country, I was in Kiev in a few years ago and there were a number of private mini buses in operation. Presumably because the gov’t provided transport was not sufficient. The buses I used would wait outside a metro station until enough people had boarded, then go do its route. I think you had to tell the driver when it was your stop, but I’m sure they would remember regulars. Worked ok and was surprisingly cheap but then it was Kiev not Montreal.
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