Private Shuttles Take Aim at San Francisco's Muni

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San Francisco commuters have long been unhappy with the city's transit service, and entrepreneurs have seized the opportunity. Private companies like Leap and Chariot are offering shuttle services they claim get people to their destinations faster, and with perks such as gourmet coffee. Critics say these private transit options further the divide between the rich and poor, and take resources away from public transportation agencies.


Ratna Amin, transportation policy director for SPUR, a San Francisco-based urban planning think tank

Ali Vahabzadeh, CEO of Chariot

Timothy Papandreou, director of strategic planning for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)

Bob Allen, director of policy and advocacy campaigns for Urban Habitat

Mark Farrell, supervisor representing San Francisco District 2