Points To Consider …
Uber and Lyft explain the rise in ride sharing from 2012. I noticed that there already a rise starting in 2000. What caused this rise? Could it be generation X and the millennials coming of age? I gather that there a couple of social changes going on, 1) Empty nesters wanting to move into the cities, 2) Younger people getting married later in life and using apartments in cities. Both groups seem to want shopping and entertainment within walking distance. They want friends and acquaintances also within easy reach. Because older parts of cities often don’t have garages and people living there have to make accommodations for parking, and apartment dwellers may have to pay for parking, private vehicles take on a whole new aspect. Also, there may be a new perspective on travel developing around these groups.
While it is fair to say that Uber and Lyft are a new business model, it could be that they are just riding the crest of an already changing living pattern. I’ve read that auto manufacturers have one more concept. They can produce driverless vehicles that would be expensive. This means that these vehicles would probably be out of reach to both the public and taxi companies. The car companies would start their own version of a combination of Uber-Lyft and taxis.
Because metro areas are becoming more dense, even with some parts of society opting for ride sharing and public transit, snarled traffic is on the increase. Driverless vehicles would be very legalistic and cause another level of snarled traffic. Concepts of transportation, like PRT, would add another layer of transit to the metro areas and would be drastically cheaper than any of the concepts above. Since the density of apartments could warrant PRT stations in each building, the residents could access transportation from inside their building. Besides cheaper it would also be safer, faster, and far more all-weather travel.
How does the rise in ride-sharing change the transit equation? Add your comments in the box at bottom of page.