Ridehailing services may be driving up traffic deaths

By Marcia Frellick : chicagobooth – excerpt

While the era of app-based ridehailing services, such as Uber and Lyft, has been credited with keeping more impaired drivers off the road, increasing job opportunities and offering new levels of convenience, it is also linked with more congestion and traffic deaths.

The arrival of ridehailing is associated with an increase of approximately 3 percent in the number of motor vehicle fatalities and fatal accidents, according to research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

The researchers used the staggered roll-out dates from Uber and Lyft to review the eight quarters before and after ridehailing adoption in large U.S. cities from 2001 to 2016—analyzing traffic volume, transportation choices and accidents to arrive at their conclusion.

The documented increase in accidents appears to persist and even increase over time, and that rate has stayed steady through weekdays, weeknights, weekend days and weekend nights, according to John Barrios, assistant professor at Chicago Booth, and Yale V. Hochberg and Hanyi Yi, both of Rice University, in the working paper, The Cost of Convenience: Ridehailing and Traffic Fatalities….

Ridehailing has put more cars on the road, and that has meant more accidents, injuries, and deaths involving drivers, passengers, bikers, and pedestrians, the study says

While the authors note that ridehailing benefits are undeniable, such as providing safe and affordable transportation options, more carpooling for riders, and job opportunities for drivers, they emphasize that, “still, the annual cost in human lives is nontrivial.” Instead, they view the essential contribution of their study as “pointing to the need for further research and debate about the overall cost-benefit tradeoff of ridehailing.”

Read the research brief here.(more)

Bay Area uses TAXES/FEES to Make Itself Even MORE Unaffordable for Real People

By Ryan Levi : kqed – excerpt

Getting around the Bay Area is about to get a little more expensive, regardless of how you do it.

Monday, a 5.6-cent gas tax increase took effect, bringing the total of all California’s state and local levies on gasoline to about 61 cents. The increase is the latest mandated by SB 1, a measure that’s raising more than $50 billion for highway and transit projects statewide.

Driving across the Golden Gate Bridge in particular will put a slightly bigger dent in your wallet starting on Monday.

Crossing the famous span will cost FasTrak users $7.35, up from $7, and those without FasTrak will have to pay $8.20, up from $8. Riding Golden Gate buses and ferries will also cost more with most fares going up 25 to 50 cents…(more)

Even feel like your government is trying to make your life harder? They sure think you can pay more to live here. I looks like the public is voting with its feet. Remove our seats? remove our stops? Charge us more for less? We will figure out another way to get around thank you.

SF’s transit agency announces interim director

By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt

Tom Maguire to lead SFMTA while officials search for Ed Reiskin’s replacement

San Francisco’s troubled transit agency announced Wednesday that its director of sustainable streets will serve as the interim director.

Tom Maguire, director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Sustainable Streets Division, will take over as interim Director of Transportation on Aug. 15… (more)

Regional transit is moving into San Francisco. How do the residents like that?