May 24, 2017

Mayor Lee to tackle Uber, Lyft traffic congestion through pilot program



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Mayor Lee is proposing a pilot program in which ride-hail companies like Uber and Lyft would share more traffic data with The City.

In a first for San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee is proposing a data exchange between The City and ride-hail companies Uber and Lyft to tackle traffic safety and congestion, Lee told the San Francisco Examiner in an interview at City Hall on Friday.

“I’ve been in favor of people getting the rides that they need,” Lee said. “What I’m not in favor of is the extent to which that compromises safety on the streets.”

Double parked Uber cars, swarms of Lyft cars jockeying downtown streets — such are the growing pains of the ever-booming ride hail industry, as tech giants Uber and Lyft increasingly become integral to San Francisco’s transit infrastructure.

In turn for Uber and Lyft providing The City with data describing where their cars drive, the mayor will propose a pilot program — which is still in early stages, he said — that may develop ways to make pick-ups and drop-offs smoother for Uber and Lyft drivers.

The details of the pilot program will be established based on data from Uber and Lyft.

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