The real impact of Uber and Lyft on traffic

By Kelly Dessaint : sfexaminer – excerpt

You don’t need an independent transportation firm to know that Uber and Lyft are mucking up traffic.

“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” Bob Dylan once sang. While most of us are able to figure things out with our eyes and brains, the powers that be seem incapable of making or accepting empirical observations. Especially when it comes to Uber and Lyft.

On Monday, the two companies released the findings of a jointly funded analysis by an independent transportation firm detailing the impact of their services on traffic in six US cities, including San Francisco. News that Uber and Lyft are responsible for a significant amount of congestion was met with a resounding, “Duh!”

You don’t need an independent transportation firm to know that Uber and Lyft are mucking up traffic.…(more)

San Francisco, the city that forgot how to let the traffic and the public flow at will, is not up against the wall of its own making. The vast majority of vehicles we see are trucks, buses, shuttles, and empty TNCs. many of them have both Uber and Left tags on them and circle the blocks waiting for a ride. THE MAJOR SOURCE OF TRAFFIC IS REMOVAL OF PARKING OPTIONS.Stupidity wins the days on that one.

Stupidity wins the days on that one. The more parking, bus stops and seats SFMTA removes, and the more taxis they put out of business, the greater the demand for Ubers and Lyfts.