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Friday, June 12, 2015

Leap Bus Put up for Auction: Is the Startup Dead?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 1:38 PM

click to enlarge SCREENSHOT/ FIRST CAPITOL AUCTION
  • Screenshot/ First Capitol Auction

Is Leap Transit dead? The embattled luxury Muni-alternative that launched to great fanfare this spring before facing a backlash around handicap accessibility ceased operating on May 19 after the California Public Utilities Commission issued it a cease and desist order

At the time, Leap said on its Facebook page that it would be offline "at least through the end of this week." On Tuesday, SF Weekly contacted Leap to ask for an update on its status, but we have not yet received a reply. 

Now, Muni Diaries is reporting (via Twitter user Sarah Fine) that at least one of Leap's buses is up for auction through First Capitol Auction, Inc. The listing includes a picture of the company's vaunted reclaimed wood interior and coffee bar. Bidding is set to begin on Saturday, June 27. 

Is this a sign of the end for the venture capital-backed startup? Or is this particular 2001 bus just not up to snuff for Leap's Marina clientele? Let us know if you hear anything. 


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