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NYC contends with Uber’s King Kong-like impact on city streets

An Uber vehicle is viewed in Manhattan on July 20, 2015 in New York City.
An Uber vehicle is viewed in Manhattan on July 20, 2015 in New York City.
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After a pitched battle between New York City officials and ride-hailing service, Uber, Mayor Bill de Blasio agreed to pull his demands for placing a cap on the number of Uber cars cruising city streets. In exchange, Uber agreed to study its impact on New York’s traffic and gather data on its customer demographics - specifically how it handles disabled and minority patrons.

High-density cities such as San Francisco and New York rely heavily on public transportation and taxicabs. However, ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft are quickly changing the game, and arguably increasing congestion, as well. Thousands of additional cars are on the streets, and city officials are trying to figure out how to cope. 

What data will Uber collect for city officials? If the four-month study leads to a cap on drivers, what is the right balance? What impact have ride-hailing services had on Los Angeles traffic?


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