Good Read: The Ride-Hailing Effect: More Cars, More Trips, More Miles


More thoughts on Uber and ridehailing, from

“… [A]rguably the most important finding in the study is that, absent a ride-hailing option, between 49 and 61 percent of trips either wouldn’t have been made at all, or would have been accomplished via transit, bike, or foot.  

Add that to the “dead heading” miles that passenger-less Uber and Lyfts are racking up, and the researchers conclude that ride-hailing is boosting VMT* in cities: “Directionally, this new evidence of mode substitution suggests that ride-hailing is likely adding vehicle miles traveled to transportation systems in major cities.”

*vehicle miles traveled | Click here to read the full article.