Transportation has been changed dramatically in the past 5 years particularly in urban cities. Uber, Lyft, Juno and Via are three of the apps that have been life-changing for urban transportation. You don’t even need to rent a car when you go to Los Angeles where getting around is almost impossible without a car although that is changing with their new rail. When you travel to foreign cities, you can just continue to use your app and get from place to place in a car with ease.
In NYC there is absolutely massive congestion on the streets. Could it be the surge of black cars on the streets? Possibly but there is a reason for that. Public transportation has fallen into an abyss. In NYC, getting to and from locations with public transportation has always been the quickest most efficient way of getting somewhere. If you live in Brooklyn and work in midtown, taking a car is definitely going to take longer but considering that there has been zero money put into public transportation over the years, it could be a toss-up on which way gets you there quicker.
There is now a bill being pushed through to add a tax to the cost of these apps each time you take a ride. It is a crime that the state has not been capital into keeping up our transportation system or even being creative around new systems such as above ground rail. More people are taking cars because the public transportation system is a mess.
Should there be an additional tax on these apps to pay for upgrading the public transportation system? Should individuals be taxed on congestive pricing? Our city paid billions to complete the Second Avenue subway that had been on hold for years. It certainly needed to be completed but was that the best financial decision based on the rest of the system that is in sore need of modernization.
I am not sure where the answer lies but it is incredibly disturbing that our country (state) is not spending money on new forms of public transportation but instead just trying to figure out how to gauge the consumer more to pay for it. Makes me wonder about the budget, taxes and the lack of creative forward thinking in our Government.