July 20, 2017

Off the Uber, Lyft grid

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Uber and Lyft are becoming popular on-demand transportation services, similar to a taxi, but instead of hailing one with a hand, a ride is requested through a smartphone application. The cab that arrives is a person driving their own vehicle that has signed up and been licensed to drive through the company.

Kalamazoo Uber will travel to Paw Paw and South Bend Uber will go to Niles, but unless the population explodes, it seems the rest of the area is out of luck.

Requests for comments from Uber and Lyft on how they decide which areas to expand to were not returned by press time, but some research suggests the ride service looks to see if there are enough people to be drivers and enough passengers for those drivers to take for far enough distances.

If Uber or Lyft were to come to Southwest Michigan, people in the transportation business don’t think it would have much effect.

As the only taxi company operating out of South Haven, A1 Bumble Bee Transportation Owner Sandy Black said she doesn’t think Uber or Lyft would […]

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