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Canadian town picks Uber for public transit:
Innisfil, Ontario, concludes that subsidizing the car-hailing service is cheaper and more flexible than running its own buses.​

Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/uber-public-transit-canadian-town-innisfil/

Uber is suffering from a legal attack, a self-driving car crash, sexism criticisms and other concerns, but it just won a victory in a Canadian town looking to help its citizens get around.

Innisfil, population 32,727 as of 2014, concluded in a March council meeting that subsidizing the car-hailing service was a better deal than paying for a bus line.


Destinations around Innisfil, Canada, aren't easily reached by one or two bus lines.

The city plans to pay 100,000 Canadian dollars (about $75,000) for a first stage of the program and CA$125,000 for a second round about 6 to 9 months in. That compares to CA$270,000 annually for one bus and CA$610,000 for two, the town said.

The town evaluated on-demand transit proposals as an alternative to buses. "Uber emerged as the only company with an app-based platform (i.e. UberPool) that would facilitate ridesharing and the matching of two or more passengers on trips across the entire town," the town said in its explanation of the move.

Innisfil will subsidize Uber trips so citizens pay between CA$3 and CA$5 themselves, depending on the destination, the town said.

"You can't have taxpayers pay for a transit system which they cannot use," Innisfil Mayor Gord Wauchope told The Toronto Star. "And this was a transit system that people can get from anywhere in the town of Innisfil, and use it for a reasonable price."
 

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Isn't Uber in danger of being yanked from Canada any day now? o_O
 

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What many of these towns do not realize is that the Uber drivers are not getting paid a sufficient rate to want to provide these in town rides. The town of Summit NJ tried this as a way of offering their residents transportation back and forth to their train station. The alternative was to build a parking garage for residents of the town so they could drive to the train. The problem is that drivers are not able to make sufficient money to provide the service. The profit margin on these rides, which is the money paid by the town to Uber is sucked up in commissions to Uber salespeople and overhead cost. the drivers just get lots of discounted short hop fares which is not sufficient money to provide the service. But Uber salespeople are out selling this solution to towns and cities all over the USA and Canada.
 

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Geees people are stupid these days. Tell the government release regulation control on citizens and stricken the regulation on big corporate companies!

Pay people so they can offord to live! Use tax payers money to build better roads and parking places! Geeeessss! Friggin governments these days!
 
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