Chicago Viewpoint: New Uber, Lyft fees should be step toward congestion pricing (War on Cars Watch)

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.