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?
- Stuart Cohen, Executive Director of Transform. He co-authored the recent report A Framework for Equity in New Mobility.
- Anthony Flint, veteran journalist, a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and the author of several books on battles over the shape of cities. The article that caught our attention is something he wrote for CityLab – entitled Uber and Lyft should Pay for the Streets.