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Old Today, 07:16 AM
 
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If you work in Cambridge and live in a 3k / month one bedroom in the South End, is an $8 uber ride home from work really a big deal to you ? You save 20 minutes and your payrate is $100 an hour... your time is worth more than the price of Uber
Congrats on your $3k a month apartment. When you x 700 people are taking that exact or similar Uber rides that means 700 more cars circling around, blocking lanes, pulling u turns out of thin air.
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Old Today, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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Idk I've used Uber about a dozen times ever mostly from airports. I don't got mine I just don't see how Uber is evil or worse than cabs / private cars ettc
They're not evil. I'm an uber/lyft user to/from the airport and late at night sometimes. And that's entirely because the transit network is inadequate for my needs in those situations/times. Hard to fault Uber for recognizing that they can fill a transit need. It's not worth it for me to spend an hour+ taking the Silver Line to South Station, waiting for a Red Line train to Davis, then walking from Davis to my apartment when for $20-25 I can get home in 15 minutes or so without lugging my bags on a bus, a train, and down the sidewalk. It's also far more comforting knowing the price in advance and not dealing with meter anxiety if we hit traffic.

But they're definitely not great for the city overall. They constantly block vehicle traffic as well as crosswalks, bike lanes, etc. I watch them constantly block Elm Street in Davis Square, a friend was "doored" by an Uber that pulled into a bike lane in Boston, and I regularly see them blocking intersections and crosswalks. They account for about 10% of the traffic on Boston streets. That's not insignificant, and it's fair to say that if they were gone, most of those rides would not be replaced with private vehicles.

I think the solution is twofold:
  1. Focus on building a functioning transit network that people will want to use instead of requesting an Uber. If there was a people mover at Logan and a Red/Blue connection at Charles, I would not Uber to the airport. If there was even semi-frequent late night service on the T, I wouldn't Uber from Fenway.
  2. Tax them at a sustainable, but impactful rate ($.20 per ride is not impactful). The goal here should be to recover enough to help pay for transit upgrades that make a difference AND to maintain them. It should be enough to deter some people from using rideshares unless they have to. It should also be reasonable enough not to cripple the industry (and the people that depend on it for money).
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