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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?
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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

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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 ...

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