More people are carpooling in New York City these days thanks to the increasing popularity of carpooling apps, reports Zolan Kanno-Youngs of The Wall Street Journal.
In the 1970s, 20% of Americans carpooled to work as opposed to 10% now, according to Susan Shaheen, co-director at the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at University of California, Berkeley, who researches innovative mobility. Now, with ride-sharing apps like UberPOOL, Lyft Line, and Via, more people are carpooling. According to a Lyft spokeswoman, requests for the companies’ carpooling feature, Lyft Line, grow by about 20% a month.
The apparent increase in carpooling comes as the city is poised to release a study on whether for-hire vehicles cause congestion in Manhattan. Earlier this year the city attempted to impose a cap on for-hire vehicles but temporarily backed off in July after a backlash. Via co-founder and Chief Executive Daniel Ramot said he believes the carpooling company’s model “helps improve congestion and helps take cars off the road.”