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USA, shared transport Apps bring back carpooling

The journey to the work of Jack Demanche was like many in the area of ​​Boston -Long. But that was before Demanche, a digital strategist for an advertising agency, begin to share a car with other people through Bridj service. Now, an hour's journey from his home in Brookline to his office in the port of Boston was halved. And for $ 70 (about R $ 266) a month, it estimated that costs less than using public transport. "The ability to schedule a week in advance saves time," he said. He has a guaranteed seat, you can use Wi-Fi on board and the van stops a block away from his office. The Bridj is just one of the new services that help redefine the carpooling. Before restricted to workers on their way to the same factory and suburban parents who brought their children to after school activities, carpooling is undergoing an urban makeover as the technology becomes more prevalent and a younger workforce has mobile devices. "This is the most exciting unfolding in carpooling in decades," said Joseph Schwieterman, the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University in Chicago. Over the past 15 months, Uber and Lyft introduced the shared transport in Austin, Boston, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington through UberPool and Lyft Line, cars or vans with names like Split (only in parts of Washington ), Via (only in parts of Manhattan), Bridj (rush hour in Boston and Washington) and Karma, which also operates in Chicago, Houston, San Diego and Seattle, also compete. Some shared transport applications are also available internationally. "They are very specific to a niche transportation needs," said Tony Dutzik, a senior analyst of the Frontier Group policies, research firm in Boston. The new services come after a long decline in carpooling. According to a report released by the Census Bureau (organ of American statistics, similar to the IBGE) in August, carpooling reached its lowest point, just above 9% in 2013, the last year for which figures are available, compared to almost 20% in 1980. About 76% of people who go to work by car traveled alone in 2013, according to the report. Christopher Koopman, a researcher at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, has personal experience with the shared economy. After landing at Reagan National Airport in Washington, considered the traditional options: take a taxi or public transportation. In the end, he opted for UberPool, a recent venture Uber offering shared transport demand. Despite the trip to his office have required a detour to a hotel, to leave his traveling companion, her price has fallen from $ 12 (about US $ 45), if he had traveled alone for $ 8 (about R $ 30). "It was cheaper in terms of cost, but required a little more time," he said of the 15-minute drive. More...


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