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If Your Car Is Stuck in Traffic, It's Not Uber and Lyft's Fault

This is an excerpt reposted courtesy of CityLab, written by WRI Board Member Robin Chase.

City streets are a scarce resource, and they can get very congested. During peak times, we want to move as many people through these corridors as efficiently as possible. On this, I think we all agree.

But some people want to lay the blame for urban traffic congestion on the growing popularity of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, and a recent report by transportation consultant Bruce Schaller gives support to this idea: Schaller’s analysis shows that, over the past six years, ride-sharing services have added 5.7 billion vehicle miles traveled and increased trips by 241 percent in nine major U.S. cities.

That sounds like a lot! But Schaller’s framing sets us up for failure. Cities have been congested and transit has been poorly used for years before these companies set up shop.

Keep reading on CityLab: "If Your Car Is Stuck in Traffic, It's Not Uber and Lyft's Fault."

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