Uber, Lyft, Via, and other services are changing the landscape of transportation by providing cheaper, easier access to a ride than ever before. They're also working to encourage people to share rides.
This is also creating new demand on curbside space, as many of these vehicles block travel lanes or bike lanes when pulling over to load and unload. In some neighborhoods, it's helpful to designate new drop-off and pick-up zones to serve people who want to share rides.
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Cities are constantly responding to new technology and residents' evolving needs, and the curb is one place where big changes are happening. As ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft have expanded in the past few years, drivers frequently resort to stopping on the street and in bicycle lanes to pick up and drop off passengers.
Ride-hailing services like Uber, Lyft, and Via have grown meteorically since launching just a few years ago. Meanwhile, transit ridership nationwide is declining, and some studies posit a direct connection. As a result, many transit supporters have sharply criticized these services. Some fears are warranted, but ride-hailing is also offering people a valuable transportation service.
Cities have required taxis to give logs of their rides to regulators for a long time. New York, Toronto, Chicago, Seattle, and others ask for taxi-like data from ride-hailing companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Via. Now, DC might join them. However, it won't follow through on an earlier proposal to encourage carpooling on these ride-hailing services.
Ride-hailing services like Uber, Lyft, and Via are growing rapidly. They are actually two kinds of service: private cars and shared, with shared cars much better for traffic, sustainability, and roadway efficiency. Now, the DC Council has taken a positive step to encourage sharing, relative to riding alone, in the tax code.