Leap - Your daily commute. Redesigned.(rideleap.com)

over 8 years ago from Gadzhi Kharkharov, Designer at Webflow

  • Brian A.Brian A., over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

    Warning: Grumpiness ahead.

    This is cool and all, but do we really need another service catering to this demographic? I get that this sort of thing is hot right now, but I’m still disappointed; I wish I was reading about a company bringing some innovation to MUNI instead of cashing in on the area’s urban upper-middle-class.

    Some of the stuff they’re doing would do wonders for the public transportation sector. Off the top of my head:

    • Good GPS tracking would help customers plan their schedules more efficiently provide transit authorities with valuable data that can be used to create more efficient schedules and services.
    • Bluetooth check-ins would help alleviate some of the headaches and time-consuming parts of the boarding process. Those with BT-enabled devices could simply walk onto the bus or train and take their seat, while others could use normal passes or cash.
    • Knowing seat availability might help people plan their schedules more efficiently. Maybe the bus you usually take is crowded; the one 15 minutes later typically has more open seats, so you decide to take that one and have a more relaxed commute.
    • We won’t be seeing vending machines on buses any time soon, but contracting with grocers placing vending machines stocked with WIC-approved items at a few stops might help lower-income individuals get food on the go.

    tl;dr: Neat service. Keeping my fingers crossed that this eventually helps disrupt public transit and doesn't stop at providing Bay Area yuppies with another taxi service. I’d probably give it a shot if I was in SF.

    40 points
    • Will Hitchcock, over 8 years ago

      This definitely comes to mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoK4_dQbfuU

      6 points
    • Braden HammBraden Hamm, over 8 years ago

      This is what I came here to say. When I watched the commercial, it just didn't feel good. I kept picturing the peoples faces when a homeless person hops on the Leap.

      3 points
    • Hans van de BruggenHans van de Bruggen, over 8 years ago

      Uber started out with black cabs only at a $30 minimum per ride. Tesla priced its first car at over $100K. Apple's Mac was priced at $2500 (costing over twice that after inflation).

      These are all mass market companies who got their start by charging higher prices from people who could afford it. Leap is no different.

      1 point
    • Joe Blau, over 8 years ago

      My first thought was that I had never seen a MUNI bus that was so clean until I rode one from Downtown/FiDi to the Marina. A friend and I were talking about how this would be a great service to compete with CalTrain if they were able to shuttle people up and down the peninsula.

      0 points