Can ride-sharing technology change local transit? Seattle-area county testing app-based bus system

an civic mass transit operate as a ride-sharing service? The Routing Company aims to find out on Bainbridge Island near Seattle.

In a project announced Wednesday, The Routing Company is launching a pilot program to change a portion of Bainbridge Island’s bus system to an app-based, on-demand ride-sharing service that will allow people to call the bus right to their front door and get delivered directly to their destination.

The system, using an app called Ride Pingo, allows transit riders to call a bus or a coach to their front door and then get dropped off at a requested location in the same way as an Uber, Lyft, or cab service might. And, if the projections are to be believed, for a lower cost than a ride-sharing service — maybe.