Here’s how Uber and Lyft are affecting your commute

Ride-hailing services like Lyft and Uber are changing the transportation landscape–and it’s bad news for your commute.

A new report from the University of California, Davis Institute of Transportation Studies is now shedding some light on the good, and the bad, that journey sharing is make. The most important acquire: It looks like ride-hailing services are making traffic in cities worse.

” We found that a large component of travelers are substituting ride-hailing in place of public transport, biking, and treading journeys ,” writes consider co-author Regina Clewlow for Planetizen.” These trips, which are being replaced for or to bring about ride-hailing, are most likely adding vehicles to the road in major metropolitan areas .”

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The study found that 49 percent of ride-hailing trip-ups would either have not been become in the first place, or would then be make use of move, biking, or transportation, instead. In these cases, parties are taking vehicles in those instances where they otherwise would not have–which means that there are more automobiles on our roadways. The main reason for opting for ride-hailing over public transit is that respondents find public transit is often too slow.

Image via University of California, Davis Institute of Transportation Studies

This study gives some other concrete figures to the ride-sharing tendency, too. For precedent, 21 percent of adults have employed a ride-hailing service, researchers find, and approximately a quarter of those adopters use it daily or weekly. The biggest reasons for applauding a Lyft or Uber: not having to deal with parking. Avoiding driving while intoxicated was a big reasonablenes, too.

Most ride applauding customers( 91 percentage) haven’t changed their vehicle ownership status since starting to use these services, the research saw. If they didn’t own a automobile before, they still don’t; if they do own a automobile, they haven’t gotten rid of it. Of the few that have sold their personal vehicle, most have ousted those excursions with ride share trips–so there hasn’t been a net reduced by vehicles on roadways.

It’s still possible that ride-sharing could be helping out oversaturated public transit systems. But based on these UC Davis findings, it’s pretty clear that overall, ride-hailing services are reducing the number of parties on public transit and increasing the number of cars on superhighways in metropolitan areas, instead.

H/ T Planetizen

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