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Uber Express? Honestly, Just Take a Bus

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 Posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I don't know, guys.  Over the last week, I tried it a few times in Boston.  Both times it suggested I walk to the end of my street, and both times it found no one else to match me with. (after waiting for several minutes)   This casts some serious concerns as to whether this algorithm even works.

Also, I am not sure if this concept makes sense, considering it takes me like 3 minutes to walk to the corner and literally 5 seconds for a driver to drive up to the door.  Will this really save time for everybody and create the efficiency this thing claims?

I feel like a bunch of guinea pigs using these new uber services.  Then, of course I see this:

"How is this not a bus stop? Uber director Ethan Stock shrugged off the bus comparisons, saying Express Pool isn’t analogous to public transportation because pickup and drop off points are algorithmically determined based on riders’ locations and where they’re headed, as opposed to being fixed routes with set pickup times."



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    23 Rider
     4 years ago

    I have tested this out and really like it. I mean, how can you beat a ride for practically pennies? I will gladly share my ride anyday for prices like these.

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    58 Rider
     4 years ago

    I heard passengers still dont understnad what they are signing up for when they order an express and get mad at the drivers when they wont drop them off at their destination.

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    194 Rider
     4 years ago

    Why would I take a crowded bus with uncomfortable seats and grumpy drivers when I can take a CAR with comfortable seats for hte same price?!

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     4 years ago

    This bus analogy reminds me of how the Chinatown buses (Fang Wah in Boston) got busted for operating their bus services off the streets. They (for years) were violating city ordinances for creating make-shift bus stops to pick up people.  Now they operate out of South Station, which forced them to compete with the likes of Bolt Bus, Mega Bus and Greyhound.

    I guess Uber breaking laws and regulations is nothing new.

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       4 years ago

      Doesn't Greyhound own Mega Bus?  not that it changes anything.