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 …

Learning From Uber and Lyft: The Case for Passenger Experience in Transit

Yann Leriche Jun 11 2019 Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft are now established transport providers, offering single ride or shared ride (Uber POOL, Lyft Line) options. Marketed as new mobility options that would reduce car ownership and congestion in cities, TNCs have not proven to solve these societal problems. Actually, ridesourcing companies have likely increased vehicle miles traveled, …

ITF Decarbonising Transport. Also, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) success factors for integrated mobility solutions

With technologies today, we can definitely reduce transport emissions 30% with existing technologies (instead of letting transport emissions increase by at least 50%) by 2050. 60% projected growth means we have an increasing challenge. Netherlands has a 49% reduction target by 2030. Start directing message to how you get there and build public support. Not every company has the same …

Lyft Offers Portland Drivers Free EV Charging

June 2nd, 2019 by Steve Hanley  Until Lyft and Uber can replace all of their drivers with robotaxis, both are encouraging their employees independent contractors to drive plug-in hybrid or battery electric cars. According to Mashable, starting in July, Lyft drivers in Portland, Oregon, will be able to recharge their plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or fully electric (BEV) cars for free. There are currently five EV charging …

A quarter of American workers are now gig workers. In NYC half of Uber drivers are supporting families with children, 40% are on Medicaid

The gig is up: America’s booming economy is built on hollow promises Robert Reich Contract workers prop up big earners but under Trump’s anti-labor administration are ruthlessly exploited themselves Sun 2 Jun 2019, The Guardian  Uber just filed its first quarterly report as a publicly traded company. Although it lost $1bn, investors may still do well because the losses appear to …

CleverShuttle CEO & Co-Founder Talks Sustainable Ride-Pooling in Germany

May 27th, 2019 by Erika Clugston , Clean Technica If two people are going in the same direction, why not share a ride, lower the cost, and save on money and gas? This was the logic that the founders of CleverShuttle had in mind when they formed the company in Munich in 2014. Now, five years later, the on-demand ride-pooling startup has taken off and …

Most people that use transit most often live and work near it, but there are still ways to partner with new companies to Jon Orcutt, director of communications and advocacy at the Transit Center. “The whole idea of First Mile Last Mile is really overblown,” says Orcutt. “It misses the point that most people that use transit most often live and work near it.”

About 30 cities have found ways to partner with Uber, Lyft, and other new companies to Jon Orcutt, director of communications and advocacy at the Transit Center. “The whole idea of First Mile Last Mile is really overblown,” says Orcutt. “It misses the point that most people that use transit most often live and work near it.” Christopher Kopp of …

Tesla AV and Robotaxi Fleets in 2020

Elon Musk described company advances that, by the middle of 2020, will improve Tesla’s autonomous system so much that a driver’s attention will no long have to be focused on controlling the vehicle. As part of that evolution, Tesla will introduce autonomous taxis in 2020 to certain US regions, and Tesla owners will be able to add their cars to …

The transformative potential of real-time transportation coordination, helping cities to rethink how they manage road space, address transport equity, and approach public-private collaborations

By Kevin WebbFollow, Jan 12, 2017 Editor’s note: Kevin Webb spent 2016 as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Sidewalk Labs, exploring the impact of digital communications technologies on transportation. For all the heavy partisanship of this election season, the one area of near agreement was over the need to improve America’s transportation infrastructure. Whether or not President-elect Trump’s infrastructure ideas see the light …