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Ridesharing – doth one congestion study a death sentence make?

Uber’s IPO is taking up the vast majority of current headlines in the ridesharing world, but in the week before, a study appeared that claimed congestion rates in San Francisco had rocketed due to Uber and Lyft. The data seems a little dated, but the claim they were responsible for a 62% increase in congestion could prove extremely damaging to the future of ride-sharing – as one of its main collective claims was that it would help reduce congestion and associated air pollution. The study was conducted by the University of Kentucky, in collaboration with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, and was published in Science Advances. Broadly, it looked at a 2010 snapshot of the city’s traffic, and compared…

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