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Leap Transit Is Dead. Long Live Public Transit

The demise of the private techie bus is a reminder that nothing will replace core transit systems.
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If you blinked, you might have missed the Leap Transit era. The ridiculous luxury bus marketed toward San Francisco techies launched in 2013, quickly declared itself the death of traditional public transportation, hibernated through 2014 as it realized there are rules to a city, reopened to great fanfare in spring 2015, and filed for bankruptcy by summer. This month it auctioned off its remaining fleet—bringing in more from those sales than it made during service.

No need to shed any tears. In a post-mortem of Leap’s disruptus interruptus, Farhad Manjoo of The New York Times reminds us that the company denigrated San Francisco’s Muni transit service despite wanting (and ultimately being denied) access to its bus stops, reportedly removed wheelchair access for “plush leather armchairs,” and generally flew too far on the obnoxious wings of its organic juice options. Here’s Manjoo’s final take: