By Rupert Clayton, HANC Board
HANC’s series on the impact of the “sharing economy” continues at our June membership meeting (Thursday, June 11, 7 pm, at the Park Branch Library, 1833 Page Street) with a look at “ride-sourcing” – the unlicensed on-demand services that let smartphone users connect to private drivers for a taxi-like door-to-door service. UberX, Lyft and Sidecar have stormed the barricades of Bay Area transportation since 2010. The phenomenon goes by many names, with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) choosing the phrase transportation network companies (TNCs). Their mission is to “disrupt” what they see as the taxi industry’s monopoly, with “rides in minutes” booked through their smartphone apps. The widespread impression that a taxi trip involves a frustrating wait to ride with a rude driver in a grubby cab has given these companies an eager market.