Uber finds a transit void to fill at North Shore Community College
The Boston Globe - 10/02/2016
Peter Furth, an engineering professor with the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, said it’s likely that Uber will stake out a growing presence in suburban areas without much public transportation.
“The thing that makes public transportation so that it doesn’t work well in less dense areas is the very high labor costs,” he said. “You have to pay a lot for a driver, and you have to get a lot of people in those vehicles. Uber has much, much lower driver costs, and it becomes even lower with autonomous vehicles.”
But some expressed concern about public institutions providing subsidies for a private company, and said the partnership, while innovative, should ideally not be necessary.