Despite this, some newfangled transit services here and there are making their debut. West Hollywood launched its PickUp shuttle intended as “ a flirtatious take on public transit“. The evening service acts as a circulator that stops at local bars and intends on providing drivers an alternative to barhopping via private automobile. Also, Megabus announced that its buses will now stop at the Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station, offering its well-known $1 bus rides to the Bay Area. Additionally, transit consultant Jarrett Walker comes to the defense of low-ridership buses and states that these services add coverage and the perception of reliability to a bus system.
Uber, the rideshare app concern, recently expanded into the San Fernando Valley, despite ongoing legal hurdles with the City of Los Angeles. One cab company finally took a hint and decided to embrace technology instead of outright opposing it. Bell Cab Company, Inc., recently partnered with technology startup Flywheel to create an app that allows users to “e-hail” taxi cabs, which will also have the program installed on driver’s smartphones.