Two companies brought convenience to people in a way that no other transportation company has done in recent years. We’re talking about Uber and Lyft. No more waiting for taxis, and no more stress from driving everywhere yourself! Awesome, right? Uber and Lyft claim to not only make life simpler for people to get around but to also make it easier for people with cars to earn money. But are there downsides to Uber and Lyft? There might be, according to a study by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. The organization has been collecting traffic information since 2010 and found that when ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft started, traffic got worse. On one hand, the most significant factor contributing to traffic congestion is the thousands of Lyft and Uber drivers coming into San Francisco. On the other hand, Uber and Lyft say that the study didn’t account for increased tourism traffic during the analyzed time period. The companies also say that delivery services such as DoorDash and Amazon increased in number, which might have been a reason that overall traffic increased. So what happens next? Lyft and Uber are working with the city of San Francisco to add a new tax to ride fees. This tax, if all goes well, will help fund efforts to better the city’s traffic. A win-win?
November 9, 2018