A new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists evaluated the less-examined ramification of the ride-hailing sector: its environmental toll.
The study estimates that the average U.S. ride-hailing trip results in 69% more pollution than the transportation choices it displaces. As many as 40 percent of all miles driven by Uber and Lyft across six major U.S. cities were without passengers, according to a joint study released by the companies last summer.
A growing cache of research by academics and policymakers points to a host of negative impacts associated with the explosive popularity of on-demand rides, including increased traffic congestion, declines in public transit ridership and upticks in traffic fatalities.
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