Could Uber be Offered as Transit Alternative?

A recent report suggests Uber passengers are only paying for 41 percent of the cost of their ride. To me, that means automated cars may be a necessity if there is to be profit. That, or subsidies- a thought that brought a chill to my spine. If you are aware, in the middle of the last century auto companies convinced transit agencies to replace streetcars with buses. Could the same thing happen with cars? Could an Uber-type service be presented as a more complete solution to transit woes?

About Eric Miller

Rick and I started this web magazine as The New Colonist back in 1999. I was in San Francisco, and he was in Los Angeles. We had a common interest in sustainability and city life. We're still at it. Today I am happy to have lived in both New York, San Francisco and Pittsburgh and to now reside in Dallas. Find more at