Uber, Lyft aims minimizing heavy traffic congestion on city streets. But studies suggest the opposite that these cars are pulling riders off buses, subways, bicycles and their own feet and putting them in cars instead.
One study included surveys of 944 ride hailing users over four weeks in 2017 in the Boston area. Nearly six in 10 said they would have used public transportation, walked, biked or skipped the trip if the ride hailing apps weren’t available.
Uber founder Travis Kalanick said in 2015 that there would not more traffic in Boston in five years. A study said in December that huge increase in traffic is due to increase in the number of taxis and ride sharing. The number of vacant vehicles occupied only by drivers waiting for their next trip request.
The Boston study found that the main reason people opted for ride hailing is speed. Lyft is focusing on making personal car ownership optional by getting more people to share a ride.
The long term goal of Uber is to end the reliance on personal vehicles. The service of Uber’s new Express Pool was tested in November in San Francisco and Boston.
It has found enough ridership to support it 24 hours a day. A service by Uber called Express Pool now is directly competing with mass transit.
Alison Felix says the report also found many riders prefer separate mode of transit. Round the clock service came out last week in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, Miami, San Diego and Denver.
These rides are really cheap, just a couple of dollars, so they almost going to be pulling people away from public transport options.
A report released this month by San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit system found ridership down disproportionately on weekends.