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Lyft, Uber Suspend Shared Rides

Ride-hailing companies are responding to the coronavirus pandemic with actions that can protect both drivers and riders.
March 17, 2020, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Lyft and Uber both suspended their shared pooled ride services — Lyft Line and UberPool, respectively — effective Tuesday in the United States and Canada in a bid to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19)," reports Chris Teale.

While so far, many of the mobility effects of the coronavirus pandemic have been visible on reduced car congestion, declining transit ridership, and increasing numbers of people on bikes, now the world of transportation network companies is also showing signs of change.

For now, single rides and the Uber Eats food delivery service are still available. The Independent Drivers Guild, which advocates for drivers in New York City, is advocating for additional protections for drivers, including a moratorium on shared rides and a paid sick leave policy.

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Published on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Smart Cities Dive
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