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Busses are the Best Ridesharing

If you support the concept of ridesharing, where random strangers open up their vehicles to take on riders who are going the same route, it seems obvious you should also like public transportation. It’s nice to share a car so that all four seats are used. But it’s even more efficient to share a 50 seat bus. […]

SplitCab Brings Shared Cabs to LHR

A few months ago the folks at SplitCab reached out to me to ask that I include them in my peer-to-peer travel resources spreadsheet. Similar to Uber Pool and Lyft Line, SplitCab facilitates riders sharing a taxi, but unlike Uber and Lyft these are commercial cars. And initially SplitCab is focusing on the London Heathrow […]

Ridesharing Report: Blablacar Lisbon –> Madrid

As I previous reported, Blablacar is the cheapest and fastest way to get from Lisbon to Madrid. So I booked a ride with a Portugese BMW driver who was visiting his girlfriend in Madrid. After exchanging a few messages I found that he lived near to my Lisbon lodging and could pick me up just a […]

Rome2Rio Confirms: Ridesharing wins for Lisbon to Madrid transit

There’s a very useful website called Rome2Rio which offers a comparison of methods of transportation between places throughout the world. Let’s say, for instance, that I need to get from Lisbon to Madrid. A search on Rome2Rio will produce this: I can compare the travel times and costs for all the methods of transportation between […]

Tripda Shutting down Ridesharing Service

Less than a year after receiving $11 million in funding, Tripda has announced that it will close it’s ridesharing service on March 4th. They were one of a number of new companies that have emerged in the past few years to facilitate sharing of transportation and costs on long drives.

Uber in Bogotá: When peer-to-peer taxis are really useful

On my recent trip to Colombia a friend and I spent 3 days in Bogotá, a city that is “high crime” and considered especially dangerous for tourists. I tend to take these sorts of warnings with several grains of salt. After all, lots of people think New York City is super dangerous, and if that’s their […]

Is Taxi Sharing Bad for the Environment?

Uber Pool, Lyft Line and Sidecar Shared Rides are peer-to-peer taxi sharing options available in a growing number of cities. These services were announced back in August of 2014, (not) coincidentally by all three companies at the same time. Initially I found that requesting these services just meant I got a much cheaper price on my Uber/Lyft/Sidecar but the exact […]

La’Zooz: Ridesharing, Bitcoins and Decentralized Transportation

La’Zooz is a decentralized, collaborative transportation network, built around digital currency. Yep, in addition to having an apostrophe before a Z in their name, they have a description that’s a bit out of the realm of typical.

Did the FBI Kill Ridesharing in the United States?

Americans take for granted that hitchhiking is dangerous, and in many places illegal. And ridesharing is essentially just hitchhiking on technology. So perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised that ridesharing is slow to catch on in this country. But I had no idea that all this fear started with an FBI campaign. A few weeks ago The Conversation published […]

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