Turns out, Uber is clogging the streets

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BurgerTiime

Well-Known Member
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/turns-uber-clogging-streets-article-1.298176

As Uber and Lyft burst onto our streets and smartphones, they promised benefits to all. Passengers would get a quick, convenient alternative to the hide-bound taxi industry. Shared rides would replace solo drivers. Uber promised to take “1 million cars off the road in New York City.”

Today in New York, we finally have the data to see how these promises are working out. It’s not a pretty picture. On-demand companies are fueling a cycle of increasing congestion and declining transit use, and it demands immediate attention by Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo.

Initially, on-demand companies grew mostly by attracting yellow cab passengers. A January 2016 report from Mayor de Blasio, which I helped prepare, concluded that growing Uber and trips were not the primary cause of worsening congestion.

But growth didn’t stop with the mayor’s study. Since June 2015, on-demand companies’ passenger volumes have tripled, to 500,000 per day. That has far outpaced the drop in yellow cab rides. And most trips are still exclusive rides, not the long-envisioned shared trips with passengers traveling on overlapping routes.

I’ve analyzed Taxi & Limousine Commission trip and vehicle odometer records to see how this translates to the streets of New York. The results: On-demand ride companies drove 600 million miles on New York City streets in 2016 — more than the same year’s total yellow cab mileage in Manhatta n. Most of the added driving is in Manhattan and congested parts of Brooklyn and Queens near the East River, piling more cars onto already crowded streets.

On-demand trips that aggravate already-slow traffic speeds undercut the essential role of mass transit in absorbing growth in residents, workers and visitors. In 2016, subway ridership fell for the first time in years. Bus ridership dropped for the third consecutive year. Uber, Lyft and the other companies are making up the difference. They — together with bikes — are now serving the new travel demands generated by our growing city.

That’s not a sustainable way to grow the city.

But we shouldn’t blame the companies or their customers for adding to traffic woes. Riders are voting with their feet for what they value most: prompt, responsive, reliable and comfortable transportation.

Mayor de Blasio has recognized the need for the city to act, promising an anti-congestion plan in his State of the City speech. His plan will need to more efficiently use scarce street space by tackling transit delays, slow speeds, and crowding so that buses and subways are a viable choice when up against deep-pocketed, nimble and aggressively customer-focused private sector companies.

He should aim to speed up bus service by rapidly expanding the number of bus lanes and vigorously enforcing bus lane and double-parking rules. And time traffic signals on avenues with high-ridership bus service so that buses get from stop to stop without wasting time at red lights.

Cuomo must act, too. He should direct the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to expand off-the-bus fare collection, enabling people to board through all doors on high-ridership routes where long delays for getting on and off buses are an everyday, every-stop fact of life.

He should also insist that the MTA implement all-door boarding on all high-ridership routes when the MetroCard fare payment system is replaced in a few years.

Finally, the MTA and state Legislature should revamp contracting procedures so that system-wide improvements like new subway signal systems can be built more quickly and cheaply. New signals can make possible higher frequency and more reliable subway service.

These initiatives are far more critical than splashy but low-ridership distractions like the LaGuardia AirTrain and BQX streetcar. Without system-wide improvements, the on-demand companies will keep attracting transit riders at an ever-increasing pace.

That will mean slower travel for everyone, from motorists to bus passengers to truck drivers, and higher costs for goods and services. It’s not the future we were promised. Nor is it one we can live with. Fortunately, it’s one that city and state officials can avoid, but only by acting now.

Schaller is the former deputy commissioner of traffic and planning in New York City
 

hackco

Member
Schaller has been involved in the transportation sector for decades. Anyone who has driven in NYC, specifically Manhattan understands there are a few ideas whose time had come 20 years ago, and now may be an emergency fix. Unfortunately, not until someone important dies because emergency vehicles couldn't get through clogged streets will the emergency situation be recognized for what it is.
1. All deliveries requiring commercial trucks during off hours, between 7pm and 7 am
2. Congestion pricing for the central business district. Just because Bloomberg proposed it doesn't necessarily make it wrong.
3. All transportation vehicles that perform taxi-like work required to have an app so that if the taxi gets a job to the Bronx, it can't be refused and the opportunity for a return job is more likely. Saves on fuel potentially too.
4. Start managing whether all the new construction is actually necessary, and whether the existing infrastructure can support it. This massive over-building is causing new crowding problems that will not be temporary. Building new roads is not possible, and it only took the 2nd ave subway 50 plus years to build.
5. It's all well and good to have pedestrian plazas, but if the goal is to speed up traffic, maybe some management of the proliferation of these plazas is in order.
6. In the winter, when bike use is significantly reduced, maybe bike lanes can be eliminated between December and March 15.

This is probably not news to any of you who toil daily on the mean streets, but, maybe, just maybe, some politician will see this and realize what the hell is going on. Feel free to add suggestions.
 

Dannyyellowcab

Well-Known Member
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/turns-uber-clogging-streets-article-1.298176

As Uber and Lyft burst onto our streets and smartphones, they promised benefits to all. Passengers would get a quick, convenient alternative to the hide-bound taxi industry. Shared rides would replace solo drivers. Uber promised to take “1 million cars off the road in New York City.”

Today in New York, we finally have the data to see how these promises are working out. It’s not a pretty picture. On-demand companies are fueling a cycle of increasing congestion and declining transit use, and it demands immediate attention by Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo.

Initially, on-demand companies grew mostly by attracting yellow cab passengers. A January 2016 report from Mayor de Blasio, which I helped prepare, concluded that growing Uber and trips were not the primary cause of worsening congestion.

But growth didn’t stop with the mayor’s study. Since June 2015, on-demand companies’ passenger volumes have tripled, to 500,000 per day. That has far outpaced the drop in yellow cab rides. And most trips are still exclusive rides, not the long-envisioned shared trips with passengers traveling on overlapping routes.

I’ve analyzed Taxi & Limousine Commission trip and vehicle odometer records to see how this translates to the streets of New York. The results: On-demand ride companies drove 600 million miles on New York City streets in 2016 — more than the same year’s total yellow cab mileage in Manhatta n. Most of the added driving is in Manhattan and congested parts of Brooklyn and Queens near the East River, piling more cars onto already crowded streets.

On-demand trips that aggravate already-slow traffic speeds undercut the essential role of mass transit in absorbing growth in residents, workers and visitors. In 2016, subway ridership fell for the first time in years. Bus ridership dropped for the third consecutive year. Uber, Lyft and the other companies are making up the difference. They — together with bikes — are now serving the new travel demands generated by our growing city.

That’s not a sustainable way to grow the city.

But we shouldn’t blame the companies or their customers for adding to traffic woes. Riders are voting with their feet for what they value most: prompt, responsive, reliable and comfortable transportation.

Mayor de Blasio has recognized the need for the city to act, promising an anti-congestion plan in his State of the City speech. His plan will need to more efficiently use scarce street space by tackling transit delays, slow speeds, and crowding so that buses and subways are a viable choice when up against deep-pocketed, nimble and aggressively customer-focused private sector companies.

He should aim to speed up bus service by rapidly expanding the number of bus lanes and vigorously enforcing bus lane and double-parking rules. And time traffic signals on avenues with high-ridership bus service so that buses get from stop to stop without wasting time at red lights.

Cuomo must act, too. He should direct the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to expand off-the-bus fare collection, enabling people to board through all doors on high-ridership routes where long delays for getting on and off buses are an everyday, every-stop fact of life.

He should also insist that the MTA implement all-door boarding on all high-ridership routes when the MetroCard fare payment system is replaced in a few years.

Finally, the MTA and state Legislature should revamp contracting procedures so that system-wide improvements like new subway signal systems can be built more quickly and cheaply. New signals can make possible higher frequency and more reliable subway service.

These initiatives are far more critical than splashy but low-ridership distractions like the LaGuardia AirTrain and BQX streetcar. Without system-wide improvements, the on-demand companies will keep attracting transit riders at an ever-increasing pace.

That will mean slower travel for everyone, from motorists to bus passengers to truck drivers, and higher costs for goods and services. It’s not the future we were promised. Nor is it one we can live with. Fortunately, it’s one that city and state officials can avoid, but only by acting now.

Schaller is the former deputy commissioner of traffic and planning in New York City
Who will take bums infested subway when you can get pool ride in brand new SUV .Agreed on traffic ,those idiots double park close to building door when there is parking available 10 feet away .Luckily cops giving out tonns double park tickets..At some point morons will realize that it's not worth to
Get 115 dollars for 10 dollar ride
 

Uberman8263

Well-Known Member
Schaller has been involved in the transportation sector for decades. Anyone who has driven in NYC, specifically Manhattan understands there are a few ideas whose time had come 20 years ago, and now may be an emergency fix. Unfortunately, not until someone important dies because emergency vehicles couldn't get through clogged streets will the emergency situation be recognized for what it is.
1. All deliveries requiring commercial trucks during off hours, between 7pm and 7 am
2. Congestion pricing for the central business district. Just because Bloomberg proposed it doesn't necessarily make it wrong.
3. All transportation vehicles that perform taxi-like work required to have an app so that if the taxi gets a job to the Bronx, it can't be refused and the opportunity for a return job is more likely. Saves on fuel potentially too.
4. Start managing whether all the new construction is actually necessary, and whether the existing infrastructure can support it. This massive over-building is causing new crowding problems that will not be temporary. Building new roads is not possible, and it only took the 2nd ave subway 50 plus years to build.
5. It's all well and good to have pedestrian plazas, but if the goal is to speed up traffic, maybe some management of the proliferation of these plazas is in order.
6. In the winter, when bike use is significantly reduced, maybe bike lanes can be eliminated between December and March 15.

This is probably not news to any of you who toil daily on the mean streets, but, maybe, just maybe, some politician will see this and realize what the hell is going on. Feel free to add suggestions.
Run for mayor, you got my vote.
 
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