The sharing economy is frequently held up as a potential solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in cities worldwide. Yet research suggests ride-hailing with companies such as Uber and Lyft may do more harm than good with people jumping in a car rather than hopping on a bus, causing more pollution and congestion. The US city of Chicago is using taxes on rides with these firms to help fund improvements in public transport
Problem: Research suggests ride-hailing may increase pollution and congestion in cities
Solution: Since 2016, Chicago has been adding extra cents to each ride and investing the money in public transport
Key quote: The ride-hailing fee could be improved by incorporating variable pricing that would lead to a higher fee for trips that have the most negative impact on the city’s transportation network
The US city of Chicago has been attempting to redress the negative consequences of additional traffic from ride-hailing with companies such as Uber and Lyft by making users pay a supplement on top of their basic fare, which is then used to improve public transport. While the jury is still out on the results, clean mobility advocates believe this is a move in the right direction. ...
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