SoCal traffic: Ride-hailing apps like Uber, Lyft may be making congestion worse, study says

If you think the streets are more congested you’re right. Southern Californians spend 128 hours in congestion every year, and yes there are more cars out there. Between 2000 and 2015, we added 2.4 million people and 2.1 million cars. That’s almost one car per person.

“Now the reason that’s significant is the decade before that, it was a quarter of a car to one person,” said Kome Ajise from the Southern California Association of Governments.

Officials say there’s been a drop in mass transit ridership, and a new UC Berkeley study says as people use ride sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft, traffic is getting worse.

“There’s been an increase in congestion in the San Francisco area, and two-thirds of that increase was as a result of the transportation network companies or TNCs, Uber and Lyft,” Ajise said.