FWIW, public transport is 1/5 the cost of uber (even Uber is about $50 from SFO->Sunnyvale). I estimate Uber would be twice as expensive if it weren't VC funded and taking advantage of the working class.
It would still be better than cabs, though. I've taken a cab from SFO twice in my 8 years here in the bay (once when I arrived too late for Caltrain; once when I was so sick I didn't want to risk it). Both times, I had terrible experiences:
- When I was late, I ended up in a cab that had a severe mechanical issue -- driving at 60 (that's a fast as the cabbie would go) on 101 cause a deep vibration that was unsettling
- When I was sick, I negotated with the cabbie who told me it would be $100; when we arrived, he demanded the meter price ($140). I told him to go fsck himself, but ended up settling on $120, so I guess it worked.
In short: I wouldn't support Uber if they were disrupting any industry but cabs, which are so corrupted and anti-consumer that literally any change is better than none.