The lines are blurring between mass transit and sharing. Good for you.

For travelers such as Vicki Rosenzweig, there’s a bright line between mass transit — a bus, train or ferry — and ridesharing, carsharing and bikesharing.

“Uber isn’t public transit,” says Rosenzweig, an editor who lives in Arlington, Mass.

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Why doesn’t every car rental start like this?

If you’ve ever rented from a car sharing company, then you probably know that it’s almost nothing like a traditional car rental experience.

Case in point: Turo. You meet your host at a predetermined location, and the pre-rental ritual is a lot different from the one you may be used to with a traditional car rental company.

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Sharing companies take over a share of the travel industry

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Instead of paying $18 a day to park at San Francisco International Airport last month, Daniel Denegre tried something new. He handed the keys to his Hyundai Accent to a start-up company called FlightCar, which offered “free” parking at an off-airport lot in Burlingame, Calif., and an opportunity to earn up to $20 a day by renting his vehicle to someone else.

“If I can find a way to reduce the burden of leaving my car at the airport and make it profitable, I’m game,” says Denegre, an independent film producer from San Francisco. Even though no one rented his car, he didn’t pay a dime to park. “To me, the convenience is amazing.”

But city officials have another word for it: illegal. In a lawsuit filed earlier this year, the San Francisco city attorney’s office said that FlightCar is running an “unlawful and unfair operation.” It says that the company, which is part rental-car company, part parking-lot catering operation, lacks the necessary permits to do business at the airport.
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