Uber and Lyft fail to combat cities’ traffic congestion
Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft have long been claiming that reducing car ownership and therefore beating cities’ traffic congestion is one of their top priorities. However, the recent study shows that not only Uber and Lyft fail to reduce the number of cars on the road, but also the tend to increase it. It turns out that riders who would otherwise use public transport or bikes, end up calling a rideshare car instead.
The authors of the recent study surveyed 944 riders in the Boston area at the end of 2017. As a result, six out of ten riders said that they would walk, ride a bike or take a bus if ridesharing services weren’t available in their area. In addition, it turned out that a large number of passengers use rideshare apps to get to the final destination rather than commute to the nearest underground or bus station.
Similar studies have been taken in other U.S. cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Their authors came to the same conclusions – almost a half of passengers would not take trips at all if it wasn’t for rideshare services.
“Lyft is focused on making personal car ownership optional by getting more people to share a ride, helping to reduce car ownership, and partnering with public transportation,” Lyft spokesperson Adrian Durbin said when asked to comment on the study results.
“Uber’s long-term goal is to end the reliance on personal vehicles and allow a mix of public transportation and services like Uber,” said Uber spokesperson Alix Anfang.
Both Lyft and Uber are working to pack more passengers into one car. Uber has recently launched a new Express POOL service in addition to the other carpooling option Uber POOL. Lyft has a similar service that is called Lyft Line.