Services like Uber and Lyft use the term ride-share to imply they reduce the number of cars on the road and bring down congestion in cities, but a new report suggests otherwise.
The report, titled "The New Automobility: Lyft, Uber and the Future of American Cities," says that for every mile saved by taking a personal vehicle off the street, 2.8 miles are being driven by ride-share vehicles.
Bruce Schaller of Schaller Consulting, which drew up the report, made three recommendations based on the report:
- Reduce personal vehicle trips in busy areas through high parking fees or congestion pricing.
- Prioritize higher-capacity vehicles like buses and vans.
- Increase frequency of bus and rail service.