Summary #1432

Can sharing a ride make for less traffic? Evidence from Uber and Lyft and implications for cities

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  • Study shows that Uber and Lyft drivers ramped up a lot of dead-head (no-passenger) miles between 2014 and 2020.
  • Because of this, they contributed to a large increase in vehicle miles travelled (VMT) - it was at least doubled compared to past data in several major US cities.
  • These results can be used to inform policy-makers about prioritizing shared modes of public transportation, as well as walking and biking.

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