The Real Reason Buses Were Losing Riders Even Before COVID-19: Labor off-loaded to gig economy workers averaging $9/hr rather than union labor

By Kea Wilson, StreetsBlog, Aug 26, 2020 Bus ridership had dropped like a stone even before COVID-19 — and if we want to stanch its decline, we need to end public subsidies to car drivers. That’s the conclusion of a Georgia Tech study that reviewed national bus-ridership data and found that the number of passenger trips declined every year from 2012 …

Gig Economy’s Highway toward Increasing Surplus Labor

FacebookTwitterPinterestRedditShare This article situates the gig economy as a tool for shoring up a falling rate of profit within the U.S. economic system. The main feature of this “gig economy” is that its businesses employ what are called private contractors instead of employees. This change allows a company to eliminate business expenses inherent to the typical economy and to shift …

Half of Americans Want Drivers Who Drive More to Pay More: And people who drive big, fuel inefficient cars should pay even more

By Kea Wilson, StreetsBlog, Jul 20, 2020 Nearly half of Americans think it’s time to rethink how we fund our road infrastructure by switching from a federal gas tax — which theoretically rewards drivers for choosing greener cars, but doesn’t always deter excessive driving itself — and replacing it with a tax based on how many miles drivers actually travel, a …

CurbFlow Digital Loading Zone (DLZ) to digitize loading and permitting

June 29, 2020: The City of Columbus, OH announced Monday that its eight Loading Management Zones (LMZ), implemented through a partnership with curb management platform curbFlow, were used about 19,000 times during a six-month pilot that concluded in May. Approximately 2,400 commercial and on-demand delivery drivers registered to use the eight LMZs, and the partners said driver satisfaction was “overwhelmingly high” as …

Improving transit and shared mobility service and access in rural disadvantaged communities

Conclusions from Caroline Rodier et al. 2018 In general, the pilot concepts and locations were selected by the eight MPOs for implementation because they could be supported by redirecting funding from current underperforming transit services, showed significant promise for improving mobility and access in rural disadvantaged communities, and could be replicated in other communities throughout the San Joaquin Valley. MPOs …

Through new shared services state and local agencies and orgs can chip away at mobility needs and services, even in low-income, rural areas

Mayor Rey Leon of Huron California had the following point to add to shared mobility principles… Shared Mobility Principle 11. WE SUPPORT COMMUNITY COST-EFFECTIVE INDIGENOUS MODELS OF VOLUNTEER-BASED TRANSPORT AND NOT A COLONIAL APPROACH OF IMPOSING A CAR-SHARING SERVICE WITH A FOCUS ON PROFITS. Rural communities in the Central California farmworker communities have been ride-sharing before it was sexy. Due …

City green transport planning: Promote shared-use EVs, create a robust system of multiple efficient modes, & ensure smart, optimized use of public space

Shruti Vaidyanathan, GreenBiz, Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Autonomous vehicles could help cities address their climate goals, if they start planning now Cities need to lay the groundwork now for the arrival of autonomous vehicles (AVs) to ensure that AVs contribute to rather than detract from their transportation and climate objectives. An ACEEE toolkit highlights fundamental strategies that cities can pursue and gives …

LA seeking to regulate Uber and Lyft, require electric vehicles and data-sharing

Los Angeles Looks to Require Ride Share Companies to Use Electric Cars. The Financial Times is reporting that Los Angeles wants to require Uber and Lyft to use electric cars. Mayor Garcetti said: “We have the power to regulate car share. We can mandate and are looking closely at mandating that any of those vehicles in the future be electric.” …

How Much Traffic Do Uber and Lyft Cause?

 AUG 5, 2019 After the 2008 economic crash, Americans began driving less. But it didn’t last long: In every year since 2013, U.S. drivers have packed on more miles behind the wheel. This rise in vehicle-miles traveled (VMT, in wonk-speak) can be seen and felt in the nation’s metropolises. Congestion on major arteries like L.A.’s I-405 or San Francisco’s Geary Boulevard …