Evidence From Boston That Uber Is Making Traffic Worse


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Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are exacerbating rush-hour traffic jams in Boston, according to new research by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. The results should be a wake-up call about the need to improve bus and train service and prevent further shifts to car travel.

MAPC surveyed 944 ride-hailing passengers in greater Boston about their travel habits, using questionnaires administered via tablets during ride-hailing trips. More than two out of every five — 42 percent — said they would have taken transit if the ride-hailing service were not available. Another 12 percent said they would have walked or biked.

Combining those results with time-of-day data, MAPC estimates that 15 percent of ride-hailing trips are substituting for more spatially efficient modes of travel during the morning or evening peak (defined as 6-10 a.m. and 3-7 p.m.).

In addition, most of the trips either began or terminated in the center of the…

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3 thoughts on “Evidence From Boston That Uber Is Making Traffic Worse”

  1. Must be only for Boston cause I don’t see how a system that involves car pooling and lowering the purchase rate for cars is capable of creating more traffic. Unless it has more to do with the true employment rate causing more people to consider this line of work.

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