redesign | transport: Uber’s transportation revolution is part of something much bigger

Uber has revolutionized urban transportation in the past two years. The change, so far, is just the tip of the iceberg.

Uber and other alternative transportation providers such as DriveNow, car2go and more than a dozen bike-sharing services will combine with public transportation to completely reinvent the urban core.

Among the changes we can expect in urban cores:

  • Less congestion.
  • Fewer people circling for parking.
  • Parking lots becoming much less valuable, and the spaces being put toward more valuable uses.

car2go is a service that allows one-way car rentals within a city. Instead of having to return a car where you found it, which is the case with Zipcar, you return it to a designated zone and metered parking is included. At 41 cents a minute, the cost is often competitive with public transportation. In the United States, car2go operates in Seattle, Portland, Austin, San Diego, Denver, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and a few other cities. It doesn’t operate in San Francisco because of the city’s refusal to grant the company the necessary permits.

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