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LA LOOKS TO RIDESHARE TO BUILD THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC TRANSIT

SCdave

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Here is an article writen with a common theme. Uber, Lyfy, TNC Rideshare and local transportation changing, evolving, and looking to the future. The focus is on Microtransportation. Of public transportation meeting private rideshare. But something very important is missing.
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Title: LA LOOKS TO RIDESHARE TO BUILD THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC TRANSIT
Author: AARIAN MARSHALL
Date: 10.24.17

LA Metro calls it “microtransit,” something in between a big bus that follows a rigid route and a personal ride that takes you door to door. And by “friend”, of course, we mean a private company. Uber, maybe, or Lyft, or van services such as Ford-owned Chariot or New York-based Via. On Monday, the agency that serves 1.3 million daily riders issued a request for proposals, asking anyone interested to plan, design, implement, and eventually evaluate a microtransit pilot project.

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SCdave

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My thoughts:

See any discussion of the OnDemand Worker? Uh, no. Zero. Nada. Not even one sentence.

Local Public Transportation authorities and state / federal agencies have to create an OnDemand Worker body of labor laws. But it is never part of the discussion.

Common sense laws that protect the assets individual workers (Drivers) bring to the Transportation Market, and protect the health & welfare of OnDemand Workers (Drivers), and provide for collective bargaining for OnDemand Workers. These are never part of the discussion.

Currently, OnDemand Worker (Drivers) are an afterthought. Uber, Lyft, Large Automotive Giants, Google, and future Self Driving Car Tech are the hot topics. The money topics.

I get it. This is were the power is. This is were the money is. This is were elected officials from city to state to the federal level see getting more funds for their next political campaigns.

So what can the OnDemand Worker (Drivers) offer politicians? Elected officials should be looking out for this new and growing class of worker - the OnDemand Worker, but... Yup, lots of "buts" here. How about this one? BUT why should they?

OnDemand Workers (Drivers) have no collective voice. No lobbyist. No money to throw around. Even no celebrity like an actor or professional athlete to be a champion for the OnDemand Worker.

Transition - The Uber/Lyft/TNC Rideshare App is awesome. Two of many Rideshare Apps that provide a new way for individuals to turn their Driver Apps on to earn some money (making a net profit is another issue though, right). Turning the Rider App on has changed the landscape for individuals to leave their own cars at home. So again, the Rideshare App industry, and it is an industry and not "just a wee little App", is a game changer. We all get it.

But, just because the Uber/Lyft/TNC Ridershare App is awesome, doesn't mean the OnDemand Worker should be orphaned in the work place.

Because the Ridershare App is Awesome doesn't mean the OnDemand Worker should not be part of basic labor law protections. But those that are part of the largest OnDemand Workforce, the Rideshare Drivers, know we are the forgotten class of Unprotected Workers.

End of my thoughts. What are yours?
 
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