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Uber Was Supposed to Ease Traffic. We Got the Opposite

Studies suggest ride-sharing makes congestion worse
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2020 11:38 AM CST

(Newser) – In the early days of Uber and Lyft, executives and proponents made bold promises of reducing traffic. "If every car in San Francisco was Ubered, there would be no traffic," then-CEO Travis Kalanick famously said five years ago. The idea was that multiple strangers would be sharing rides downtown and leaving their cars at home. The reality in 2020? Pretty much the opposite, reports the Wall Street Journal. Coverage:

  • Worse congestion: Since these companies came along, traffic has actually become more congested not only in San Fran, but in cities such as Chicago and New York. As a result, all three cities have imposed new fees on ride-sharing as a result, and others are expected to follow suit.
  • The problem: Most riders don't carpool but instead ride alone, and multiple studies suggest that people are now less likely to use public transportation and instead opt for the convenience of an Uber. The bottom line: more cars on the road.

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