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Old 11-09-2013, 11:44 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Jitneys were common in large urban areas like Los Angeles a long time ago.

Private vehicles, maybe a van or station wagon, running along a set route. You wave at one, he pulls over, you get in. When he gets to the point you want to get off, you tell the owner/driver (or ring a bell etc.) and hand him a set fare, maybe $4 or whatever the fare is. All fares are the same for all jitneys no matter where they are going. A jitney will usually have several riders, up to a dozen depending on its capacity (large vans etc.)

You might have a dozen or more on a popular route during heavier traffic. The more people the owner/driver carrries, the more money he makes. He can take breaks any time he wants (but he won't be making any money while on break), and can go home whenever he wants, like when traffic starts thinning out in the evening. An enterprising driver might decide to keep going at night, taking advantage of the fact that most other jitneys have packed up for the night and he can get all of what riders remain.

If you look for a jitney and one comes by that is already full, you wait for the next one. There are many running along any given route, it will never be more than a few minutes wait for the nextt one to come along.

Jitneys might not be cost-effecive in far-flung rural areas. But in medium-to-large cities, they could be ideal. Very flexible - no rails or power wires needed, more could get going during daytime as ridership demands pick up, then go away as ridership slackens a night etc. A passnger who sees a junky-looking one pull up, could pass it by and wait for a cleaner one, so the owner/drivers have some impetus to keep them clean and shiny, put a nice radio in them, run the heat or AC as needed.

A city or state issues a certain number of licenses for each route, for not much money. And then doesn't do much else, the rest is up to the driver/owner. If maintenance goes downhill, the city might require periodic inspections of the vehicle.

Could this work?

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Old 11-09-2013, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Denver
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A taxi?
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Old 11-09-2013, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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A taxi?
More like UberX, Lyft, etc.

Most cities already have them.
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Old 11-09-2013, 05:07 PM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Dollar Vans.

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Seems to be popular in West Indian areas of Brooklyn. There are a bunch in hispanic areas of north NJ, too.
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Livingston - Jitney started?
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Old 11-09-2013, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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Dollar Vans.

Hailing In Flatbush - The Rumpus.net

Seems to be popular in West Indian areas of Brooklyn. There are a bunch in hispanic areas of north NJ, too.
There's also Chinese dollar vans. I think they have some connecting Flushing/Elmhurst to Chinatown & Sunset Park.

They're still common in many parts of the world (hence why the Carribbean areas of Brooklyn have so many of them). In most of those cities, there really isn't too much of an "official" transit system as far as government-run trains and buses, so you have informal systems like these.
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:52 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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A taxi?
Lower fares than a taxi, and they run only on set routes: North on 3rd St. to Waring Rd, turn right to 4th St., then south a couple miles on 4th St. to Smith Ave, turn right to 3rd St. again and go north, around and around.

And there could be a dozen or more of them on that route at any given time, so if you miss one, the next is usually less than a minute away.
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Some communities use them at certain hours. Ocean City, MD has one that cuts down on drunk drivers, I believe Richmond, VA has one on weekend nights. In that context, it makes sense. You would need to know that there is enough demand to justify the costs of having multiple vans running.
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:18 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Some communities use them at certain hours. Ocean City, MD has one that cuts down on drunk drivers, I believe Richmond, VA has one on weekend nights. In that context, it makes sense. You would need to know that there is enough demand to justify the costs of having multiple vans running.

Not in the sense that the OP envisioned, which was private vehicles. The van service in Ocean City is through the transportation authority which also runs the intra-city bus system. The vans are for transport of people with special needs and have to be reserved/scheduled.

Essentially what Little-Acorn wants is an unregulated, likely uninsured, transportation system.
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Lower fares than a taxi, and they run only on set routes: North on 3rd St. to Waring Rd, turn right to 4th St., then south a couple miles on 4th St. to Smith Ave, turn right to 3rd St. again and go north, around and around.

And there could be a dozen or more of them on that route at any given time, so if you miss one, the next is usually less than a minute away.
Gotcha!

Do people have to get out in the middle of the street?
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