The developed world ‘discovers’ the mini-bus. In the Virgin Islands we called these dollar taxis (or dollar cabs?, some people called them ‘safari buses,’ they were these structures bolted to the back of pickup trucks, on the bench 10-15 people could sit facing each other) and a physicist once studied the patterns of minibus transport systems and found that they were more efficient than anyone had hitherto realized. I’ve always found their lack of presence particularly noticeable in the US, though I gather in parts of NYC they’re unlicensed and illegal and sketchy (and proof that demand is there).
“Like other private taxi or pick up services, Kutsuplus is made to allow users a bit more flexibility in city traveling but with a lower price point. Through a smart phone app, a user can set a departure time just minutes in the future. The app issues a ticket after withdrawing money from the wallet, and draws a walking map to the departure stop.”