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  • Could Leap’s ‘hipster buses’ be the future of public transport?
  • Could Leap’s ‘hipster buses’ be the future of public transport?
    Leap (2015) ©

How buses are being reinvented for bursting cities

With wood-panelled walls and cold-press juices, Leap’s buses have been criticised for contributing to San Francisco’s rising inequality. Elitism aside, bus travel may be key to bringing efficiency and equality to our expanding cities, and Leap is just one of many pioneering transport services.

Location United States

By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities, putting unprecedented pressure on transport networks. At present, 75% of the infrastructure required to cope with future transport needs does not exist. [1][2] To prepare for this, however, cities are starting to re-think of how they use buses.

Bogotá, Colombia has seen the installation of a 388 kilometre rapid bus service for the cost of a 30 kilometre metro line, and in Mexico City one new bus route is predicted to save $141 million in economic productivity. [2][3] Meanwhile, in ...



  • Turning commuter buses into coffee shops Turning commuter buses into coffee shops

    Comfy chairs, cosy nooks for secret chats, a laptop bar, artisan snacks and the all-important free WiFi. It might sound like your local coffee shop, but this is a description of Leap – a new commuter bus for those living in San Francisco. Is this the most pleasant public transport yet?

  • Article image Why do we hate trains?

    In 2014, UK rail passengers made 1.6 billion journeys – double that of 1995. But whether it’s overpriced tickets or overcrowded carriages, people love nothing more than moaning about public transport. So what do the increasing number of train travellers really want from their journey?

  • Article image CommuterClub: financing your travelcard

    Londoners spend a fifth of their income on transport, and up to three fifths on rent. Many rely on credit cards and short-term loans to stretch their paychecks further. Can CommuterClub help these cash-strapped professionals by loaning them the cost of an annual Oyster?

  • Busbud is making bus travel easy Busbud is making bus travel easy

    Discount bus operators have seen growth of over 30% in recent years as more and more people choose to travel via bus. Busbud currently has almost 1,500 coach companies scheduling and booking information across 89 countries and spanning 10,460 cities globally.

  • Article image London’s Wi-Fi Bus: keeping commuters connected

    About 7,500 iconic red buses carry over six million London passengers each weekday - and with new Wi-Fi connectivity, commuters can catch up with work emails. But do they want to be ‘always on’? Will they miss their down-time staring out the window on the top deck of the 73?

  • Bridj is streamlining your commute Bridj is streamlining your commute

    Packed carriages, noisy buses and hot trains can make it difficult to be productive during your commute. Bridj is hoping to change that with its luxury Wi-Fi-equipped shuttles. And by dynamically choosing the best route based on big data analysis, it's cutting down commute times too.

  • Shuddle is Uber for your kids Shuddle is Uber for your kids

    Uber is estimated to have reaped $210 million in revenue over the course of 2013, proving that the platform is ever-growing in popularity. Shuddle is an app that aims to provide an Uber-esque service for children getting to and from school when no-one is around to take them.