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    It seems like whenever Uber and Lyft are in the news nowadays, it’s for all the wrong reasons. What do all of the current and upcoming regulations say about the state of rideshare? In this episode, I’m speaking with an expert transportation consultation about the current state of the rideshare industry about changing trends, regulation and more.

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    Intro

    • Today I’m talking with Bruce Schaller of Schaller Consulting, an NY-based consulting firm that specializes in urban transportation policy
    • In addition to focusing on urban transit, he’s also involved with trends among cities and the relationships between rideshare, micromobility and more

    Intro to Bruce Schaller

    • Bruce Schaller is a consultant based in NYC
    • Author of recent reports on ride services including traffic and transit
    • Worked on taxi issues in the late 1990s and early 2000s
    • Began looking into Uber and Lyft in 2014

    State of Rideshare Industry Today

    • A big question mark!
    • Innovation of Uber and Lyft is having part-time workers available on flexible schedules
    • Needs to be a sweet spot when it comes to flexibility and earnings
    • Overall, NYC doing a good job in trying to regulate, increase driver earnings

    Are Uber and Lyft Adding to Traffic Congestion?

    • Personal cars are the bulk of traffic, not Uber/Lyft
    • However, Uber and Lyft do add to traffic congestion
    • Goal is to increase utilization rate, making sure someone is in the car a majority of the time

    Political Landscape of Rideshare

    • There will absolutely be more regulation – potentially Washington state, Oregon
    • Cities and states looking to regulate rideshare companies will need to focus on utilization rate

    Outro

    • Thanks to Bruce for coming on and sharing what he knows about the public side of the transportation business
    • If you’re interested in learning more, highly recommend you check out his reports on his consulting site – they’re free!
    • For me, it’s all about finding a balance – what are the benefits of taxis? Of rideshare? How can we combine the best of both?

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    Show Notes

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    Harry Campbell

    Harry Campbell

    I'm Harry, the owner and founder of The Rideshare Guy Blog and Podcast. I used to be a full-time engineer but now I'm a rideshare blogger! I write about my experience driving for Uber, Lyft, and other services and my goal is to help drivers earn more money by working smarter, not harder.