When Uber and Lyft first entered the market, offering a ride-hailing service that would come to include tens of thousands of amateur drivers, most major U.S. cities had been tightly controlling the competition. New York City allowed exactly 13,637 licenses for taxicabs. Chicago permitted 6,904, Boston 1,825 and Philadelphia 1,600. These numbers weren’t entirely arbitrary. Cities had spent decades trying to set numbers that would keep drivers and passengers satisfied and streets safe. But the exercise was always a fraught one. And New York City now faces an even more complex version of it, after the passage of legislation this week that will temporarily cap services like Uber and Lyft. The city plans to halt new licenses for a year while it studies the impact of ride-hailing and establishes new rules for driver pay. In doing so, it renews an old question: What’s the right number of vehicles anyway? The answer isn’t easy because it depends largely on which problem … [Read more...] about What’s the right number of taxis (or Uber or Lyft cars) in a city?
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New York’s city council on Wednesday imposed a year-long cap on new drivers for Uber and similar ride-hailing app services, as the city conducts a study on the effect of the industry. The council also passed a measure to consider a minimum wage for drivers, the first of its kind in the U.S. The vote followed an intense public relations campaign by Uber and Lyft in recent weeks, with both levying threats that quick access to rides will become a thing of the past. The companies tepidly supported some of the council’s proposals, but argued the cap was counter-intuitive for New Yorkers and their business. But after reports of six drivers committing suicide in recent months, after struggling with mounting debt that only increased upon Uber and Lyft’s arrival in the city, officials were moved to take action. The city proposed a similar cap in 2015, but Mayor Bill de Blasio eventually relented in the face of a public relations ploy by Uber. That changed on Wednesday. … [Read more...] about NYC Becomes First Major City to Cap Uber Cars and Can Set Minimum Wage for Drivers
Rochelle Riley Detroit Free Press Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Jun 24, 2018 Dave Dubensky has his work cut out for him. The chairman and CEO of Ford Land, who will oversee the redesign of the Michigan Central Station and its integration into the Corktown neighborhood, is going to be hit with every idea in the book for the iconic building that the Ford Motor Co. plans to transform from the city's number one sign of urban decay into a ground-breaking hub for future transportation. And Dubensky has already begun a series of community meetings, with potential sketches to show the neighbors. But what many folks wanted to know is what I asked: Will it still be a train station? And the answer is a resounding "maybe." More: Thousands get a glimpse of Detroit Train Station ahead of construction "That question is a lot bigger than I am," Dubensky said in an interview. "But one of the things I can tell you we will do for sure is that when we redo the station, we will ensure … [Read more...] about Ford is keeping the passenger tracks at Michigan Central Station
June 9, 2016 by Raymond Leave a Comment Losing the car key is the most popular problem that the car owner usually has to find out the best way to deal with it. Almost all people have a tendency to forget the key, but they do not know exactly where they put the key on. In some situations, they may lose the key because someone steals it. To address this case, there is a wide range of the ways and each person has their own way, depending on their preference. Today, we will provide you the detailed instruction on what you should do when you lost the key. Tips on opening the car Many people get into the trouble when they forget the key. They usually lock themselves out with the key inside the car. To combat this situation, they usually ask for the help of a locksmith nyc who has a bunch of the skeleton keys. Fortunately, one of his keys can work and open the car. However, not all people have the good luck to open their car. Besides, some people take the use of the clothes … [Read more...] about How To Open The Door When You Lost The Car Key?
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Uber costs are nearly three times higher than personal car ownership in Dallas. It is cheaper to use Uber than a personal car for commuting in most of the largest US cities, according to Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers annual Internet Trends report.The study compared UberX and UberPool weekly commute costs versus the cost of owning a car including maintenance, fuel, insurance and parking.New York City had the highest cost of car ownership at $218 per week, with Uber services $76 lower at $142 per week. Uber was also cheaper in Chicago, Washington DC and Los Angeles, but with a narrower gap of $27-39 per week compared to owning a car.Notably, Dallas skewed far in the opposite direction with personal car ownership costs of just $65 per week compared to lengthy Uber hauls that totaled $181 per week.To be fair, the study appears to be focused on getting to work each week rather than transportation costs associated with other travels. It also does not … [Read more...] about Study: Uber cheaper than owning a car in NYC, DC, LA
There’s a big cryptocurrency conference raking in about $3,000 a ticket in New York City this week (we’re totally going, obviously) and, as prices indicate, there’s a lot of show to go with it. Take the Lamborghinis parked outside of a hotel used by the conference, which Bloomberg reports were rented by a crypto exchange to add some false glamour. An upstart mining company also hired people to act as “aggrieved bankers who will lose their financial services jobs when blockchain takes over,” according to Bloomberg. This feels like the point when a magician would wiggle their fingers and talk about how “everything is not as it seems.” Because, really, it isn’t. Here’s more from Bloomberg on the supercar stunt, with Lamborghinis rented from a company that usually services events like weddings and birthdays: Today [rental company founder John Nouri] stood outside the Hilton Midtown hotel in Manhattan, guarding three Lamborghinis … [Read more...] about Cryptocurrency Exchange Stages Rented Lamborghinis In Front Of NYC Crypto Conference
The scenery of Central Park will soon be car-free after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the changes coming in a few months. In the process, Central Park, one of New York City's largest green spaces for urban dwellers, will transform to become a place simply for pedestrians. The New York Times reported on Friday that traffic will cease to flow through the park starting June 27. However, 65th, 79th, 86th and 97th Streets will remain open. The streets run below the park to keep traffic flowing from one side of Manhatten to the other. City officials, who have considered London-style congestion charges in the past, will still permit emergency and Parks Department vehicles into the park, while pedicabs and horse-drawn carriages will also be allowed. The officials believe the impact on traffic flow will be minimal and New York police will be on hand the first few weeks to help with the traffic flow adjustment. The announcement comes as major cities continuously suffer from … [Read more...] about Cars to be banned from New York’s Central Park
Honda’s Clarity is an interesting, and likely oft overlooked, entry in the brand’s lineup. Available in electric, fuel cell, and plug-in hybrid versions, the Clarity is part of Honda’s strategy to electrify two-thirds of its global lineup by 2030. Other key vehicles in this effort that are already on sale (or are soon to be) are the hybrid version of the latest Accord and the Civic-based Insight hybrid. This first drive was different than the norm – our drive route wasn’t as comprehensive as most. I was behind the wheel for about 30 miles, with part of the drive taking place on gently curving suburban parkway and the rest in New York City traffic. No long stretches of interstate, no curving canyon roads. Which is fine, since most Clarity buyers are going to use it as a commuter car. That’s certainly the case with the plug-in hybrid version I sampled north of New York City. Full disclosure: Honda flew me to New York City and put me in a nice hotel so … [Read more...] about 2018 Honda Clarity PHEV First Drive – Seeking Clarity North of NYC
Outside of my hometown of Chicago, New York City remains one of my favorite metropolises. I don’t know why – Manhattan is overstuffed with cars and people, garbage is put out on the sidewalks, hotel rooms are no oasis from street noise, and most goods and services are way too expensive. Perhaps New York has a unique sort of charm that compensates for all its flaws, some sort of charisma that continues to exist despite the continuing transformation of Manhattan into a living Disney city for the wealthy. I mean, in what other city would I be brazenly approached by a young man trying to sell me cocaine as I walked back to my hotel after some late-night pizza (partake, I did not. Drugs aren’t my thing. Pizza was good, though) while almost within sight of the most famous urban intersection in the world – one that was undoubtedly crowded to the gills even at that hour? In what other city would I have a surreal on-street argument with a fellow pedestrian over an … [Read more...] about 2018 New York Auto Show Recap – Optimism in the City
Quoth Huey Lewis (of the News fame): "New York, New York is everything they say and no place that I'd rather be." Truer words could scarcely have been spoken in reference to the last major auto exhibition of the 2018 season: Automakers, quite unexpectedly, held back some of their biggest new-model debuts, either in quality or in quantity, to go out on a high note at the 2018 New York International Auto Show — and Cars.com's team of automotive journalists was there to ford the flood. Related: More 2018 New York Auto Show Coverage Some of the most exciting unveilings weren't necessarily from the most exciting cars, but instead from 2019 incarnations of top-selling nameplates like the Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester and Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs, Nissan Altima sedan and even a sporty-looking hatchback version of the Toyota Corolla. All-new models were well-represented, too, with high-profile bows by the 2019 Cadillac XT4 and Lexus UX SUVs, Genesis G70 sedan — and the pretty … [Read more...] about 2018 New York Auto Show: What You Missed