According to a new study from Ryerson University's Urban Analytics Institute, the Toronto arms of the ridesharing apps Uber and Lyft haven’t had the “intended effects” of controlling things like traffic congestion and carbon emissions.
In fact, these apps are partly to blame for growing traffic congestion. But how can that possibly be?
If I leave the Menzoid-Mobile parked in my driveway at home and take an Uber downtown, it's one vehicle replaced by another vehicle. And once I hit my destination there are fewer emissions overall because I don't have to drive around in a circle looking for that perfect parking spot.
But take a look at the fine print which explains the reason for the scandal: According to researcher Yemi Adediji, the ridesharing services have diverted more than 20 million trips from… PUBLIC TRANSIT!