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Ford-Owned National Shuttle Service To Shut Down

Posted on January 11, 2019
Chariot, which used Ford Transit vans carrying up to 14 passengers, could only fit so many fare-paying riders. It owns those vehicles, and its drivers are unionized. (file photo: Ford)
Chariot, which used Ford Transit vans carrying up to 14 passengers, could only fit so many fare-paying riders. It owns those vehicles, and its drivers are unionized. (file photo: Ford)

SAN FRANCISCO --- Chariot, which operates commuter shuttles along fixed routes, will cease operations by the end of March, it said Jan. 10.

Chariot’s familiar turquoise-and-white Ford Transit Wagons will stop service in San Francisco and other U.S. cities after Feb. 1. Commuter service will end in Britain, its sole international location, after Jan. 25.

Ford invested heavily to expand Chariot’s operation beyond its San Francisco hometown. Chariot’s website shows it runs services in Seattle, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Denver, Austin, Texas, and Columbus, Ohio, as well as London.

San Francisco Chronicle article here

Related Wired Magazine article: Why Chariot Failed

Related Topics: California operators, commuter services, Ford, Ford Transit Van, mobile applications, public transit, San Francisco operators, shuttle vans, vehicle apps

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