Texas town considers using social networking to provide transportation

The City of Cedar Park (TX) opted out of Austin’s Capital Metro in 1998, choosing instead to redirect 1% of the city’s sales tax from transit to economic development projects. Transit options have been limited ever since, and now residents are looking for service.

At a public meeting, city councilor Don Tracy proposed working with Acts of Sharing to develop a community-based transportation network. Acts of Sharing is a social network that lets friends and communities share resources — including rides. The site’s website describes its ridesharing services:

We’re connecting you to the places you want to go with the people you know. You post places that you want to go and when, or let your friends know where you’re headed. We’ll connect you with the friends going your way.

Residents were skeptical. Some observed that not all potential users have Internet access, while others were concerned about posting details about when they would be away from home.  Some suggested that a ridesharing network would work better as a supplement to a more formalized transportation system.

The concept is similar to social ridesharing services like Zimride, but it appears that no money would be exchanged for transportation in Cedar Park. Link to full story in The Austin American-Statesman.

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