Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), i.e. ride hailing services like Uber and Lyft has seen a massive increase in popularity since 2015. However, recent reports show that these mobility services are not sustainable for the environment. Rather, TNCs show an increasing number of trips made daily, increasing congestion and greenhouse gas emission. Unlike Uber, using Passenger is an eco-friendly alternative. Here’s why.
Is ride-hailing services like Uber actually beneficial to the environment?
In New York City in 2016, ride hailing apps like Uber, Lyft, Via, Gett and Juno made 80 million trips, transporting over 133 million passengers. Figures show that a lot of these trips are “unnecessary”, i.e. trips that are within walking or biking distance, or where there is functioning public transportation. Meanwhile, Passenger’s drivers and passengers never make unnecessary trips, because they travel together. Unlike taxi services where no vehicle would be in use should no one drive the taxi, Passenger’s drivers are heading somewhere. By picking up passengers heading in the same direction, they are maximising a vehicle that already is in use.
As the number of rides made by these services increased, the demand for bus and subway declined. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, bus ridership declined. Subway ridership started declining in 2016. These facts show that people are becoming more comfortable. However, a decrease in the use of public transportation for replacement of taxi services is not beneficial for the environment. Taxi services result in an increased emission of greenhouse gases and air pollution. Shockingly, these added miles from TNCs resulted in an extra 550 million pounds of greenhouse gas emission.
With an additional 600 million miles driven by ride-hailing services from 2013 to 2016, 49% of these miles were driven without passengers. Taxi services like Uber and Lyft have to drive to different locations and pickup points, as well as relocate to busier areas for more potential customers. With Passenger, however, no unnecessary trips are made. Lastly, more taxi service vehicles on the road means more traffic. These TNCs added an approximately 7% to existing miles driven by all the vehicles from 2013 to 2016. As a driver using Passenger, you’re already making your commute, picking up additional passengers to fill your car is only positive for the environment. In fact, with Passenger, there will be less traffic congestion avoiding an excessive number of vehicles on the roads.
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