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 …

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 …

Uber has an employee not a contractor relationship according to NY case and a ‘precedential’ victory

The Taxi Workers Alliance believes the decision will be “broadly precedential,” and creates a new “safety net” for a beleaguered workforce. | AP Photo By DANA RUBINSTEIN, Politico.com  07/18/2018 07:01 PM EDT In what worker advocates are calling a substantial victory that could impact Uber drivers statewide, the New York State labor review board has made a final determination that three …

Cincinnati and Uber partner on where the service picks riders up or drops them off, a “missing data set for cities”, to design the “curb of the future”

Smart City Dive, 31 Jan 2018 Uber announced a new long-term partnership with the City of Cincinnati, dubbed the Cincinnati Mobility Lab, to study the impacts of shared mobility on public transit and make the city a “center of innovation.” The multi-year commitment will include: addressing the growing demand for curb space; rolling out Uber Movement to leverage city data for research and analysis; launching …

EV carsharing companies to watch, also research on Uber/Lyft affect on transit and auto use

Recent research on the risks of TNCs to transit, congestion, and GHG increase cited on NYTimes.com Researchers at the U.C. Davis Institute of Transportation Studies surveyed 2,000 people about their travel behavior in seven major metro areas, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and including people who live in their suburbs and those who don’t use these services. Results suggest that ride-hailing …

Can Cooperatives Build Better Online Tools to Disrupt the Disrupters? Also CiviCRM

P2P Foundation October 6, 2017  by  Michel Bauwens, Republished from Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) (3 years ago) One of the key differences between private platforms (platform capitalism) and cooperative platforms (platform cooperatives) lies in how they are designed, by whom, and for whom. Indeed, technology and design, and all the invisible architectures that govern our lives and influence our choices and behaviour, are ‘value sensitive’. This …

India committed to the transport transition, in Delhi, 85% of the city’s 700,000 rickshaws are electric

Anuradha Sengupta in Yes! Magazine, 4 Oct 2017  It is about 6 p.m. in New Town, a satellite township of Kolkata, India. As the daylight dims, streetlights flicker on. Chintu Mondal has parked his blue-and-red electric rickshaw near a new, swanky glass-and-steel building. Very soon, the offices inside will disgorge hundreds of employees looking for rides home. Taxis here are hard to …