April 2016

Bay Area Bike Share Rolling Into The East Bay


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Bay Area Bike Share is expanding with new stations in San Francisco and San Jose, but also its first deployment in the East Bay with 34 stations. The Phase 1 expansion sites are clustered around the UC Berkeley campus and down Telegraph towards 12th Street BART. What impact will these new stations have on mode choice in the East Bay? In the last 5 years bikeshare systems in the U.S. have greatly matured, and have come a long way from early implementations.  The current literature is very robust. 

Alaska Airlines buys Virgin America


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After some brief speculation, it was announced this morning that Alaskan Airlines' parent organization bought Virgin America for $2.6 billion in cash. This acquisition will bolster Alaskan's presence on the West Coast and particularly in California. Virgin's chairman Richard Branson wrote about the brand's history and his thoughts on the future

It's expected this deal won't experience regulatory hurdles that faced the American Airlines and US Airways deal because their market shares are much less. Given the geographic idiosyncrasies of airline mergers, it will be interesting to see how this deal plays out. What will be the implication for consumers? Initial impressions have been kind of negative