Uber now operates in over 180 cities in the United States. The ridesharing company’s success is due to the well-known consumer benefits and flexible work that it provides. Yet, puzzlingly, there are still major US cities that remain Uberless, due to the influence of a powerful special interest—taxi companies.
This month, a group of taxi drivers and union organizers picketed City Hall in Rochester, New York. The city has over 210,000 residents and is home to a number of colleges and universities. Despite the ridesharing’s ability to expand transportation options and work opportunities, the city’s taxi lobby wants to stir up opposition to state legislation that will expand ridesharing services to Rochester.
Uber coming to Rochester (or any other city) is in no way a problem—except for the local taxi interests that financially benefiting from cartel-like control of what should be a private, dynamic transportation market.
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What if a major city’s rail system suddenly vanished?
Millions rely on rail-based public transportation, either because they can’t afford cars or because traffic is so bad. These trains and light rail systems alleviate congestion and pollution while serving the poor. Many consider them icons of 21st-century transportation and good government.
So if a city’s rail system disappeared, would that city be thrown into chaos and congestion, cars barely moving and horns blaring? Or would ordinary people innovate a solution?
That’s the question DC residents faced this past March. And the nation got to see the results.
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Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards have increased vehicle fuel efficiency, but new research shows that this gain has raised the price of an average new car by $6,200. Many argue that these standards are ineffective at achieving their stated goals, yet the standards could grow even stricter in the future. The Heritage Foundation’s Salim Furth explains why Americans would be better off if CAFE standards were frozen at current levels—or repealed altogether.
Read the rest on Forbes, here.