Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Can UberPOOL Make Carpooling Cool?

As readers of the blog know, I have not been a fan of Uber's scorched-earth approach to skirting level-playing field legislation and the company's simultaneous effort to seek out legislation that preferences their way of doing business.  

That said, I am willing to acknowledge the potential land use and environmental benefits of their new UberPOOL car-pooling service, which they have rolled out in several cities.  Last week, Uber released some data on this new service, which is quite remarkable.  In short, UberPOOL might do what long-languishing ride-share programs have tried to do for decades:  get people to carpool.  The real test of whether UberPOOL is a land use and environmental success, in addition to being an economic success, will be whether people will use UberPOOL when going from suburban location to suburban location.  In my reading of the blog post, UberPOOL has not yet been tested in the 'burbs.

Here is the link to the UberPOOL release, which has interesting maps like these.

San Francisco uberPOOL pickups from matched trips, Feb 20 – Mar 20 2015. Owing to people density, most pickups occur in the city center: SoMa, the Financial District and the Civic Center.

 

San Francisco uberPOOL drop-offs from matched trips, Feb 20 – Mar 20 2015. Hotspot areas include far flung neighborhoods from the city center such as Richmond and Sunset in addition to the Mission and Marina District.

 

NYC uberPOOL pickups from matched trips, Feb 20 – Mar 20 2015. Midtown Manhattan, home of Grand Central Station and Penn Station, is the most concentrated neighborhood for pickups.

 

NYC uberPOOL drop-offs from matched trips, Feb 20 – Mar 20 2015. Drop-offs are spread out across Manhattan and Brooklyn with many areas seeing similar numbers of people heading there.

 

Paris uberPOOL pickups from matched trips, Feb 20 – Mar 20 2015. Paris pickup and drop-off hotspots stand out in areas known for their culture, such as the Bastille neighborhood and parts of Champs-Elysses and Vaugirard.

 

Paris uberPOOL drop-offs from matched trips, Feb 20 – Mar 20 2015.

 

LA uberPOOL pickups from matched trips, Feb 20 – Mar 20 2015. In Los Angeles, popular pick-up locations are areas surrounding the UCLA and USC campuses, in addition to West Hollywood, Santa Monica, and the area near LAX.

 

LA uberPOOL drop-offs from matched trips, Feb 20 – Mar 20 2015. Like our other uberPOOL cities, drop-offs are more spread out across the cityscape and span a diverse array of neighborhoods.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/land_use/2015/04/can-uberpool-make-carpooling-cool.html

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