cloud network hunting note: happy, although the air we breathe is different, but the Chinese and American people worry about the traffic congestion in big cities is quite consistent. Whether an office worker, I’m fed up with the stale air, noisy environment and hurried footsteps. But if I take one Leap transit to San Francisco, estimates that even don’t want to open a private car after back home.
is not the same in San Francisco and other large cities, it not only has the government operating Muni bus, more private minibus. The minibus carrying every day hundreds of thousands of ordinary commuters from 40 miles to the south to the urban areas. Now, a start-up company will taper the private luxury commuter lines, about three miles from a single ride costs $6.
Leap, said every day can only four bus was put into operation, and a reserved for standby. Morning, Leap in the daily commute bus running at peak from the north of downtown Marina southeast direction to the city center, in the evening, on the other hand. Leap and have no fixed schedule – it’s a bus every ten to fifteen minutes. Will Leap in real-time update bus through the site and the rest of the information such as seat, passengers can check at any time by the iPhone or Android phone.
Leap is convinced that those commuting workers willing to pay 3 times more than ordinary bus, and than take a taxi (or use the taxi Uber, Lyft and sidecars application) cheaper money on travel. What makes the Leap so expensive? Not only have free wi-fi, comfortable sofa (limited to 27 people, no sro tickets), USB interface, also provide food and drink.
, by contrast, in the city of San Francisco iron (Muni) walk the same path only need $2.25. It does not need to download any application (printed paper tickets) or at home, at the same time it will be in multiple languages to provide the corresponding bus information and schedule arrangement, seat set in the American with disabilities act. But Muni doesn’t arrange with management personnel, so in the process of the car will not be able to enjoy iced coffee out of the service. At present, the Leap can’t pose a threat to Muni, because the latter needs to meet the needs of more than 70 passengers a day. Even Leap full operation, the number of passengers may also be only a few hundred people every day.
Leap, the CEO of Kyle Kirchhoff at a starbucks in chestnut street of the city of Marina accepted the interview: “we don’t want to conflict with public transport, the service aims to provide a beneficial supplement for the entire transportation system. We’d like to try my best to help those commuter bus commuter workers out of the traffic inconvenience, especially the problem of traffic congestion.
Kirchhoff is not the only person willing to bet on this: such as Andreessen Horowitz some active silicon valley venture capital companies have capital injection of $2.5 million. (no comparison, no voice, Muni annual budget is $851 million.)
Draper Associates, the company’s Billy Draper is one of the investors of Leap, he pointed out by mail: “Leap is trying to use the scientific method to solve an age-old problem – the traffic jam.”
Draper added: “the charm of Leap not only reflect on the bus, but also on the application for their design. It will save unnecessary stops according to actual condition, real-time update bus through the information such as the site and the rest of the seat. The mechanism, application and select add user can choose to share your personal information, also can understand their situation. More humane, Leap will according to the needs of passengers to design the most suitable route, not like other buses on fixed routes run from day to day. These improvements are a surge of emotion surge.”
Urban policy at the same time, the San Francisco group CEO of SPUR Gabriel Metcalf, points out that Leap represents a new model of urban traffic.
“Public transit agencies also not afraid, they shorten the single journey time. I think this is also a kind of good results, after all, the current public transportation system of the target audience is just a small group of people on the huge market, we launched the service aims to provide beneficial supplement for the whole transport system.”
Previously, due to Leap the city bus stops to hop on and off as their own sites, caused by the local public servants. Now, the site has been moved to the white zone, dedicated to the bus.
Specialized management transportation system of the state organs, the California public utilities commission (CPUC) said the Leap to become a passenger transport company (PSC) application in the examination and approval. According to Kirchhoff, such license does not affect the operation, but it gives the company whether outside of legitimate “in San Francisco. He hopes the application approved as soon as possible.
A spokeswoman for California public utilities commission (CPUC) Terrie Prosper, points out that “to the companies operating without a license is actually illegal,” but she refused to disclose the details of the punishment. If Leap really going to put into operation in accordance with the original plan, they will take action.
When the Leap in May 2013 formally test, it from the Marina line many times faster than a bus to the city center, but the supervisor John their always unimpressed. In an interview in the San Francisco chronicle, he even outspoken Leap management mode is “shit”.
CEO of Leap, meanwhile, has repeatedly stressed their non-profit, although a single ride cost $6, but if the passenger Numbers up to 20 people, the price will drop to $5. If you deal with “pass”, then each ride costs only $4.
With silicon valley’s jargon, Kirchhoff says, they provide is not only a service, but also a kind of “experience”.
“San Francisco is facing some serious challenges. Passengers are hard to get a taxi and car service fee during peak hours and particularly expensive, we launched the service aims to provide beneficial supplement for the whole transport system. We will target audience sights on ordinary commuters, have a fixed commuter routes every day, this group may not accept them UberPool and Lyft Line according to the need to take a taxi services such as high prices. At the same time, our service is not limited in San Francisco, widely looking at all our traffic is too crowded areas, after all, public transport is not everything. We are trying to build a kind of experience, in order to attract more people choose to travel in groups, the service is not designed for a certain kind of people.”
“We did in the car created a completely different experience. This bus everything after we think carefully, it combines the cafe and the characteristics of office space, passengers feel like in the living room. We want to build an absolute comfortable atmosphere, bring community culture into the urban traffic.
The bus really don’t miss: its appearance is a blue lake, and the general city bus looks no sample. But other bus service and Chariot start-up companies, the main difference is it to rethink the whole bus internal experience. Bought them from NABI (passenger car industry company in North America) old bus, then inside decorate a comfortable sofa, wi-fi, USB interface for charging the mobile phone, stool (passengers can put the laptop on the leg work) etc. In addition, Leap bus using natural gas as fuel.
Just a minute, I’m in the special Leap application to register a account, and referring to the account with my Facebook and credit CARDS (three times free rides). I had a research about the application, it contains a QR code, so I just get on the bus when it is close to the car device installed. (in addition, Kirchhoff still installed in the car bluetooth beacon check.) Just get in the car, I’ll use this application and ordered a coconut milk.
In addition to the driver’s seat, along with four different parts: the first seat by management, is next to a row of wooden table by the window and long footstool. Long footrest is more antique forward across the seat. In the back of the car, lined with room style leather sofa, the sofa is on top of the wood panel.
Kirchhoff explained: “the front of the car is designed for introverted personality, before they can sit to the chair reading a book. These seats are specially designed, streamline the back of a chair is more comfortable.”
The feeling of sitting on a wooden counter like on the train. Although the environment is comfortable, because the car stops, the mountain downhill, to really realize the car office (such as writing) is still not practical.
On the other hand, Kirchhoff says, “so at least I won’t be the motion sickness.”
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