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Study: Uber and Lyft Have Been Catastrophic for Public Transit Ridership

The most damning evidence yet of how ride hailing is making urban transportation less efficient, not more.
January 23, 2019, 10am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Angie Schmitt shares news of a new study [pdf] revealed at the Transportation Research Board annual meeting earlier this month that makes the broadest case yet that transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft are stealing riders from public transit systems all overt the country.

"When Uber and Lyft enter a city, the app-based taxis decrease rail ridership by 1.29 percent per year and decrease bus ridership by 1.7 percent," explains Schmitt of the key findings of the study.

"Worse, the effect is cumulative. Authors Michael Graehler, Richard Mucci and Gregory Erhardt estimate that Uber and Lyft for example, have reduced bus ridership in San Francisco a staggering 12.7 percent since they entered the market in 2010."

The declines have occurred in almost every major city, except Seattle.

The study also examined the effects of bike share, which "increased rail ridership, but decreased bus ridership by 1.7 percent."

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Published on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 in Streetsblog USA
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