This Week in Rideshare: Weed, Transit, and Maintenance.

MONDAY 4/12/21

Uber could start delivering cannabis once federal regulation allows the company to do so, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told CNBC on Monday.

“When the road is clear for cannabis, when federal laws come into play, we’re absolutely going to take a look at it,” Khosrowshahi said in a “TechCheck” interview.

TUESDAY 4/13/21

That suggests consumer demand is fragile, even as it comes back — not a good sign as riders have reportedly been frustrated with lengthy wait times for rides.

Ride-hailing companies may want to further rethink their priorities, including their cherished profitability timelines, lest they risk losing both sides of their business just as they are getting back into the driver’s seat.

WEDNESDAY 4/14/21

Denver’s Regional Transportation District will start using Uber’s management software this week to manage its fleet of wheelchair-accessible vehicles, while Cecil Transit and Porterville Transit will follow in the weeks to come. For a subscription fee, these transit agencies will be able to use Uber’s “matching and marketplace technology to facilitate on-demand community rides using their own transit fleet,” the company says.

THURSDAY 4/15/21

The program, called Lyft Pass for Healthcare, lets health care organizations or social services agencies create a budget and set approved pickup and drop-off locations. They can share the pass with patients, who can apply it to their ride.

FRIDAY 4/16/21

Customers visiting a Driver Center can receive routine maintenance, as well as collision repairs, like body work and new paint, and repairs for more complicated issues, like ignitions, sensors and fuel systems.

All services can be conveniently booked through the Lyft mobile app, with most repairs being completed in under an hour’s time, according to the company.

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