There is a surge in the ride-sharing business in Chicago. This is due to the increase in the number of registered vehicles used by the ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber. The vehicles used by these services have quadrupled in the last three years.
The surge in the ride-sharing business augurs well for Uber and Lyft. But, it is a cause for concern for the professional drivers and transportation experts. They felt that the surge can cause traffic congestion on the Chicago streets. It could also cause a dent in the revenue of the public transit as more and more people will prefer the ride-sharing option.
Ron Burke, the executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance, said that Uber and Lyft have gone back on their words. They said that they would offer better mobility, less traffic, and fewer cars. But, the opposite is happening at the moment. Ron says that people should look at bicycles, transit systems and walk as a means of transportation.
The number of vehicles registered for the ride-sharing services has increased from 26,803 in March 2015 to 117,557 in December 2017. The transportation department does not have any approximation about the number of vehicles that are on the roads at a given time.