Dawson: Here's why OC Transpo should worry about Uber

By Tyler Dawson, Ottawa Citizen, December 8, 2017

The reasons people don’t use public transit are fairly straightforward, if not easily solvable. It can be inconvenient or slow. And, these days, it’s not always exceptionally economical.

Why would you sit on a cramped bus when you could drive, carpool or hop in an Uber? Research from the U.S.-based Institute for Transportation Studies says “ride-hailing” leads to a six per cent reduction in bus usage, and a three per cent reduction in light-rail usage among Americans. Now, that’s just one study; other examinations don’t conclude that at all.


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