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October 2014

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SHARE-RIDE SHUTTLES SERVICES

Below is some general information including but not limited to the pricing mechanism of share-ride shuttle companies serving points in California. We may be able to shop and reserve transportation for you: we don't charge you anything for our services, but for the fare you pay for the transportation. Now, if you have the time, you may shop for yourself using the directory for your particular area or community.

NOW, ABOUT THE TYPES OF SHARE-RIDE SERVICES .....
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ON-CALL, DOOR-TO-DOOR, SHUTTLE SCHEDULED BUS SERVICE


ON-CALL
SINGLE-STOP SHUTTLE SERVICE CITY-TO-CITY
COUNTY-TO-COUNTY

Shuttles are "share-ride" transportation common carriers of passengers licensed to transport passengers paying fares on a per person basis: common carrier simply means they are required to serve any and every fare paying person in the general public. Shuttles are authorized (allowed by law) to operate only between pre-approved, fixed points (termini), and charge pre-approved flat (fixed) fares published in the carrier's tariff:

  • a Tariff in this case, is a document describing the Type of License (authority) the carrier holds, the Terms & Conditions under which the carrier will provide service, and a Schedule of the authorized service Points and Fares. The fares are based on the transportation of an individual between two fixed points (termini).
  • Shuttle Rates (fares) are Non-NEGOTIABLE and most be consistent with the Tariff; and there are many carriers competing to serve you. 
  • Share-ride shuttle implies "unrelated parties may share-ride in the same vehicle" but must pay individual fares (fares on per person basis) and not a shared-fare; and certainly no Charter or exclusive transportation services. 

There are two distinguishable types of shuttles:

  1. On-Call, Door-to-Door, Shuttle (usually Vans, SUVs designed to carry 5 to 14 passengers); and
  2. Regularly Scheduled, Regular-Route, Shuttle (usually Buses designed to carry 15 or more passengers).

 In California, "share-ride" Shuttles also known as Passenger Stage Corporations are licensed (granted a "certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN)") to operate at the public's convenience.  A shuttle operator is one has prepared and filed a formal Application, gone through the rigors of the application process and has been qualified or authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission to serve a specific route or operate between specific points.
          All Passenger Stage Corporations (PSC) are required to post their "PSC" License Number in a prescribed manner: viz, PSC-#: unlike TCP (Transportation Charter-Party-Carrier of Passengers) PSC has no letter designations.
          Based on the type of market an operator presented during the application process a shuttle may qualify to operate between cities or counties (i.e., intrastate "Greyhound" type service), on the one hand, or between points in counties (or city and county) and Airports, Train Stations, Harbors, Sports Arenas and other popular points of interest (i.e., "SuperShuttle" type shuttle services), on the other hand: postal zip codes, a whole city or a hotel may be identified as a service point for establishing fares.

Government Regulations require that  Shuttle Fares and Charges be based on a pre-approved, flat (fixed) Rates published in a Tariff.

          For instance, $$ per person per zip code area: all discounts and special fares must also be stated in the tariff and posted in the vehicle - visible to the passenger with details available on demand.  Any carrier with the proper operating authority (license) will know to quote the fares (charges) .....based strictly on the authorized tariff!!  Any carrier that charges otherwise (Licensed or Not) is an illegal (or Bandit) operator: an operator that is operating beyond the scope of its authority and a possible danger to the public.

 NOTE, if an operator ignores one rule he/she is more likely to ignore other safety (or pricing) rules.

 For information about California PSC licenses, you may  contact the PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (PUC) - License Section 415-355-5547; or let us work help you get your "PSC" license and Tariff to operate 323-378-6494.
         
Regarding airport shuttle services, you may also call the airport's "Landside Operations Unit (the department that controls ground transportation at the airport)" of the respective airports for safety concerns they might have about any carrier that serves the airport. With shuttles, Safety and the proper application of the fares is always of concern: some carriers may risk passenger safety in traffic or operate uninsured equipment or use unqualified drivers, on the one hand, or charge fares not authorized in the Tariff, on the other hand.
          This webpage has been published to assist you and any member of the public learn more about shuttle services, find and reserve properly licensed shuttle services, and to encourage shuttle companies to operate properly and safely.
          WE encourage you to make your RESERVATION on this web site; we take care of all the arrangements and provision of proper service for you for no additional charge to you.  Remember, we help license some of the best companies that serve the public today:
this company has been formed by a former regulator with public safety and fare market practices in mind.         

 




 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 










 

 

 

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