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Ford Working With Cities to Ease Congestion by Bike, Shuttle

  • Automaker is buying Chariot shuttle service in San Francisco
  • Ford says it seeks to be both an auto and a mobility company
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Ford CEO: Shuttle Service to Expand to Five New Cities

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Ford Motor Co. said it’s buying a shuttle company in San Francisco as part of its first step in establishing relationships with major global cities to help ease congestion with mobility services such as bikes and commuter vans.

Ford said it’s acquiring the Chariot shuttle service for an undisclosed sum and collaborating with bike-sharing provider Motivate in San Francisco, San Jose and the East Bay. Each will help fill a gap between taxi and bus services by providing inexpensive, on-demand transportation, Ford officials said in an event Friday in front of San Francisco’s City Hall.