Transit in the U.S. has long been run by public agencies that have the responsibilities of designing roots, purchasing/operating vehicles, and maintaining them as a public service. However, public transit comes with such problems as limited funding.
This is where microtransit, defined as a privately operated transit system, could help. Microtransit mirrors public transit in multiple ways but comes with its own benefits such as more amenities and services. However it also faces multiple challenges of its own:
First, and perhaps foremost, they are perceived by some that they cater to the more affluent. By providing a premium private version of a public service, there is a risk that some agencies and/or their constituents may enact barriers or otherwise attempt to impede their progress. San Francisco Muni has adopted a “wait and see approach”, based on potential synergies.