In the past few weeks, Uber and Lyft drivers protesting unfair pay, poor working conditions, and lack of transparency have generated headlines across all media platforms. It has also surfaced that rideshare drivers have been manipulating the apps to prompt surge pricing, an attempt to combat low-wages. A recent article published in the American Affairs Journal explains the reason behind Uber’s labor practices and claims that Uber is neither “innovative” nor “disruptive,” and has not solved the problems that have always been present in the taxi industry.
Midsize Cities on the Move: A Look at the Next Generation of Rapid Bus, Bus Rapid Transit, and Streetcar Projects in the United States (Reconnecting America, 2012)
This study of next generation transit options in midsize cities – those between 50,000 and 250,000 – focuses in on the place that bus rapid transit and streetcars can play in improving the operations of transit systems that are usually based around buses. In a look at 14 cities, they look at best practices, funding strategies, and actual or projected outcomes.
SSTI releases economic analysis guide and tool for transportation agencies
Demand for more accountability in the use of scarce transportation funds is pushing DOTs toward new performance measures, both to evaluate systems as whole as well as proposed projects. One key area for such analysis is economic impact, but until now agencies had no accepted toolbox – nor often the needed data or expertise – for such work. A new guide developed for SSTI by the Center for Neighborhood Technology is designed to assist DOTs as they improve their capacity for economic analysis.
Land Use Impacts of Bus Rapid Transit (National BRT Institute, 2009)
This report is among the first in recent years in the United States to examine property value impacts from proximity to BRT stations. A hedonic regression model was estimated to isolate the effect of distance from a …