Originally posted on TechCrunch:
It’s been a year in the making.
Transit startup Leap is finally launching in San Francisco with completely overhauled buses and a route from the Marina to the downtown area.
The startup, which is trying to rethink mass transit, is competing with a host of other shared transit companies from Y Combinator-backed Chariot to ride-pooling startup Loup and of course, Uber and Lyft.
Leap, however, is aimed at regular commuters who are doing a predictable route every day and may not want to jump for the price points of on-demand services like Uberpool and Lyft Line. Tickets cost $6 individually or $5 in packs of 20. If you use commuter benefits, you can get the cost down to $4 a ride, according to co-founder Kyle Kirchhoff.
The buses circulate every 10 to 15 minutes and take about 25 minutes to go…
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