Uber won a lawsuit today to continue its personal transportation service in London. The company had been accused of posing a safety risk to its customers after 14,000 trips were made by unauthorized drivers. Uber has also posed a threat to the traditional black cab service offered in the city, similar to New York City’s taxis.
It underscores the need for affordable, convenient transportation. Uber and other ride-sharing services have become an intermediary between private cars and public transportation. Governments and local transit authorities here in the United States are always looking to improve and build upon their systems for the benefit of the general public.
The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is requesting bids for operations and management services for some of their different services. These services include transportation for the general public, disabled and elderly citizens, and those requiring more individualized service. Work will also include vehicle maintenance services for the Authority’s 91 vehicles. Firms may apply for as many of the services listed above. Bids for this opportunity are due October 16.
The DeKalb County School District, in Georgia, is seeking proposals for firms to provide transportation services for kids to school. The District currently transports up to 60,000 students on 789 vehicles in the 271 square mile district to their respective schools. Some of the vehicles will also need to be used for field trips, special programs, and athletics. Bids for this opportunity are due October 6.
Although Uber poses a threat to public transportation, it’s still a long way away from becoming comparable to the highly complex networks that existing systems provide. Until then, governments will continue to solicit transportation related contracts.
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Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in May 2021. He is most interested in human rights and social equity and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.