In 2006, I was in San Francisco working on a graduate degree in neuroscience. San Francisco is a city that has always boasted a variety of public transportation options - multiple subways, streetcars, buses, and of course cable cars. Even 12 years ago, before Uber, Lyft, bikesharing, and e-scooters, there were a lot of choices, and I had 3 or 4 different ways to get to work.
It's always crazy when us regular folk are able to walk side-by-side with some our favorite celebrities, but it could be happening much more than you may think. We typically envision people of that status traveling extravagantly, and though some do, many enjoy the ease and efficiency of public transportation for everyday life.
There's a lot of hype right now around self-driving cars, especially in transit-nerd circles. But for the average person not deeply entrenched in every small update, there are a lot of questions. On a scale from "city bus" to "Elon Musk's hyperloop," just how close to reality are autonomous vehicles? And what will they mean for cities, parking requirements, and car ownership?
You've been reading all about the different electric scooter options hitting the streets. (Is it the future of transit? Is it a fad? Nobody knows yet!) But what's the difference between all of them, and what do you really need to know?