Friday, February 1, 2013

Detroit's Anarcho-Bus Company

I've always despised buses. All of the government-run monstrosities are designed like reptilian hoosegows on wheels, and the political purpose of these public blots on the landscape has been to further the social mission of centrally planned transportation and defeat the mindset of independence, while also creating another massive layer of entitled, government workers with Cadillac benefits and lifetime pensions.

This year saw the birth of a new, private bus company in Detroit, and it's called the Detroit Bus Company. The owner and founder, 25-year-old Andy Didorosi, was a guest on Mitch Albom's show today, where he stated that his company is "trying to change what people think about buses." In other words, his company does not tool around the city in monstrous, shabby, dirty, disgusting cages on wheels that are driven by 400-pound, sedentary maniacs who have nothing to lose, especially their union-protected, government job. The company's buses are visually stunning while sporting graffiti-laden exterior designs that match the rustic-artistic city where the buses operate.

The buses also have wi-fi, live tracking apps, and you can call or text to have a bus come pick you up. And, there are no standard routes as with the government's bus systems. They also play great music on the buses.
Using our brilliant logistics software, we’ll figure the very best route to get you right to your destination while picking up or dropping off other riders along the way the quickest way possible. This is the bus system of the future: No more static routes, no more long wait times.
Imagine that! Comparing the private Detroit Bus Company entrepreneurial business model to the government cages centrally-planned model is like comparing an open farmer's market to Soviet bread lines. The buses run on soy-based biofuel that is produced and harvested locally. Didorosi calls this "brewing your own fuel." I love that idea because burning soy is sure as heck preferable to eating soy. Oh, and government prohibition is unmistakably absent, as you can also drink your own alcohol on all of the company's buses.

The company has limited hours and days right now, as they are still tweaking technology and systems before they grow their routes and fleet. I've used the service and I love it. Detroit's rustic-industrial culture is a perfect place for this amazing, entrepreneurial venture.

Photo by Debbie Merlo

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