The new Uber and Lyft fees should be just the first step in fairly accounting for the community impact of driving or riding alone in a car, especially downtown. Uber and Lyft trips are a significant but a relatively small portion of motor vehicle trips into the Loop each day.
The good news is Mayor Lightfoot committed to using a portion of the new revenue on a broad congestion study that considers all vehicles – privately-owned cars, taxis, ride-hailing vehicles, and trucks.
This study will be critical to the city developing a congestion pricing approach that reduces emissions and increases safety without harming vulnerable people. It should be informed and shaped by low-income people of color who are most impacted by the city’s mobility, health, and pollution challenges.