Uber and Lyft are worth nearly 100 BILLION dollars combined. They are generating revenues in the 10's of billions of dollars each year which means MILLIONS OF DOLLARS PER DAY.
I would like to see a portion of that money staying in Grand Rapids.
Over 85% of rideshare riders are local residents from within a 10 mile radius of downtown Grand Rapids (living, working, or visiting). 15% are out of town visitors.
I don't think it would be too hard or expensive to market & implement a rideshare service similar to Uber/Lyft when 85% of the users are local. A portion of the revenues generated could go to other less funded organizations/non profits to help even more locally.
I believe local residents would love to have a "buy local" option when it comes to rideshare in Grand Rapids.
We've seen (and will continue to see) that people in Grand Rapids generally do not like to use typical public transport. It's just not a viable solution for everyone in Grand Rapids. Most people prefer a private or semi-private ride and are willing to pay for it. I think these rides could be made affordable enough for ALL with a little help from the City and possibly some private funding.