“Lyft revealed its new service, called Shuttle. It’s being tested in San Francisco and Chicago: it allows users to hop in Lyft vehicles that travel along predetermined fixed routes every day during typical commuting hours in the morning and afternoon. Rates are also fixed, rather than being subject to surge pricing like typical Lyft rides.
“The service is only available during weekday commute hours, from 6:30-10AM and 4-8PM. Fares for the trips are also fixed “at a low price point,” a spokesperson said, but the price is still determined by time and distance. Fares for Lyft Shuttle are not effected by surge pricing (or as Lyft calls it, Prime Time).
To sum it up, Lyft riders now have the opportunity to walk to a predetermined location, climb aboard a vehicle that will travel a set route to a predesignated drop-off point, and pay a flat rate for the service. If it walks like a bus, talks like a bus, and quacks like a bus … it’s probably a billion-dollar, venture-backed startup.”