Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
San Francisco, CA, United States (4E) – San Franciscans will be “delighted” to learn that ride-hailing firms Uber Technologies, Inc. and Lyft are playing an important role in the worsening traffic congestion in their fair city. Both Uber and Lyft are headquartered in San Francisco.
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) reported that ride-hailing companies are responsible for up to one-fourth of the increase in traffic congestion in San Francisco. Jobs and population growth also play a major role in the daily gridlock.
The SFCTA report reveals that from 2010 and 2016, ride-hailing services accounted for:
* 55 percent of the average speed decline;
* 51 percent of the increase in daily vehicle hours of delay;
* 47 percent of the increase in vehicle miles travelled and
* 25 percent of total vehicle congestion citywide
Traffic congestion has really gotten worse in some districts, thanks to Uber and Lyft.In District 6 that includes the tech company-packed SoMa (South of Market) neighborhood, ride-hailing services account for 45 percent of the increased delay.
It gets worse in District 3, which includes tourist-heavy areas like The Embarcadero and North Beach. Uber and Lyft account for 73 percent of increased delays.
SFCTA utilized data from INRIX, a commercial dataset that combines numerous real-time GPS monitoring sources with data from highway performance monitoring systems. It also worked with Northeastern University for its transportation network services trip data set.
This report comes at a time when San Francisco is trying to manage and regulate emerging modes of transportation like bike-share and scooter-share.
“To the extent we believe all of these things will shape our future, then we want to wrestle with them,” said Joe Castiglione, the study’s co-author and SFCTA Deputy Director for Technology, Data and Analysis.
“We’re working with the SFMTA to determine how to look at all these on-demand delivery services.”
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