In many cities, a luxurious ride in a municipal bus during rush hour would just mean finding a seat. Being pampered isn’t really the point of public transportation; instead, buses and the like ideally provide the chance for patrons to commute cheaply and efficiently. Several startups in San Francisco are challenging these common beliefs about mass transit by offering a high-end alternative. According to The Verge, they might also be hurting the city in the process.
In a recent piece, The Verge takes a ride on a new, luxury transport startup in San Francisco called Leap. The company’s five buses are overhauled inside (pictured above) with amenities like a bar along one side, comfy seats, USB ports and Wi-Fi. There’s even a waiter onboard to deliver snacks that are ordered from a smartphone app. A one-way ride costs $6, versus $2.25 with public transit, and the business currently runs a single,
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