Lyft just reinvented the bus and they’re getting roasted on Twitter
The eydge of innoyvation
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m guilty of acting like I’m the first one to ever do something. There was that time that I thought I invented avocado toast… and also that time I swore to my friend I listened to Taylor Swift before she was famous. She told me listening to Teardrops On My Guitar on Radio Disney didn’t count, but I digress.
Similarly, the ride-sharing app Lyft recently rolled out a new feature named Lyft Shuttle where it has set paths passengers can take instead of direct lines. Does it sound familiar? I mean I could’ve of sworn that I’ve heard of that before.. Somewhere.. Oh yes, THE BUS.
If they just admitted they wanted to hop on the bus market, I think the world would be fine with it. However they’re trying to pass if off as this new, inventive thing, which just makes it plain hilarious. And of course, it has resulted in some solid roasts on Twitter:
what if we took lyft shuttle, and moved it underground, and dug out special tunnels for them to drive around in underground
— ☭☭☭☭ (@hupperts) June 19, 2017
What’s a subway?
— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) June 19, 2017
Amayzing way of trayvel, reaylly.
Imagine if they created something like the Lyft shuttle to get children to school in the morning, funded entirely by taxpayers
— Terry Classen (@theRealT_Train) June 19, 2017
"Drawbacks: the shuttle service is only available during commute hours and you’re only picked up and dropped off in certain spots." pic.twitter.com/6nDx5A89wj
— hank mardukas (@madelainecb) June 19, 2017
But what if the Lyft shuttle were on some kind of elevated track? And what if the pitch for financing could be made in song form? pic.twitter.com/U2OxmOIbjQ
— Ned Resnikoff (@resnikoff) June 19, 2017
IDEA: give each Lyft shuttle route a number corresponding with its planned route, for easier rider identification. pic.twitter.com/rmowHag0q1
— ?DB McWeeberton (@DBMcWeeberton) June 19, 2017
Annnnnd then the memes start getting real:
Everyone saying Lyft Shuttle is "just a bus" is missing the disruptive innovation: a bus that excludes people too poor to own a smartphone
— Hayes Davenport (@hayesdavenport) June 19, 2017
lifehacker writer: take lyft shuttle so you dont have to see those dirty scary poor people anymore pic.twitter.com/cGracwu3Lt
— alex (@blahvascript) June 19, 2017
Pretty wild ad for Lyft's shuttle. pic.twitter.com/gpCXe0pbla
— Ethan Chiel (@ethanchiel) June 19, 2017
I can't decide what is funnier, Lyft Shuttle or the people outraged at a slightly more expensive bus for slightly richer people.
— Matthew Panzarino (@panzer) June 19, 2017
Despite everything, we can all agree on this:
Lyft Shuttle is still funny hours later.
— Prince Brennan (@crockpotsecrets) June 19, 2017
This feature is currently being tested out in San Francisco and Boston.