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Is ride-sharing clogging the streets?

According to figures from San Francisco, on a typical weekday, companies like Uber and Lyft account for about 570,000 vehicle miles logged on city streets. During rush hour downtown, they account for roughly a quarter of the traffic. And survey research from UC Davis suggests more a lot of that traffic would not exist if it were not for those companies – most of the people using them would otherwise be on foot, book, transit – or not taking a trip at all.

All of which seems kind of unfair – when you consider that these companies are making billions by pouring traffic onto public streets, and starving transit systems of rider fares. So, what to do?

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