Tuesday’s Headlines

2 Lyft Scooters
Two Lyft scooters block the sidewalk on Wazee near the 16th St. Mall.

From Streetsblog

Other news

  • CDOT campaign wants to end distracted driving crashes. There were 15,600 in Colorado last year. (Summit Daily)
  • Drug use is down in Union Station after RTD installed new doors on bathroom stalls. (Fox 31)
  • Colorado’s $30.5 billion budget is waiting for the Governor’s signature. It includes $300 million for roads, but the state has a $9 transportation backlog. (Colorado Sun)
  • Uber admits it is trying to steal all transit riders away. [Yet RTD still collaborates with them]. (Jalopnik)
  • Colorado maintains a 19-page document with all of the “bad or inappropriate words” not allowed on license plates. (9 News)
  • Traffic fumes cause as many as 4 million cases of asthma a year among kids. (Quartz)
  • Denver Air Quality Index:  6 a.m.: 47 Good. Yesterday: 67 Moderate.
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.
  • Riley Warton

    It’s not like the Uber confession is going to do anything – people are still going to use Uber instead of transit as transit systems remain terrible. RTD will likely continue working with Uber, as well.

    That being said, Uber stealing passengers away from transit isn’t the end of the world, because a lot of those riders can be brought back through improved service, a better bike and sidewalk network, and better land user. I just hope that this necessity can be provided as soon as possible.

    • TM

      A good way to do that would be to tax Uber and Lyft and use the money to improve transit.

      • TakeFive

        You mean transit can’t compete with the heavy government subsidies it is already getting?

        • TM

          Against the even heavier subsidies to driving plus the huge losses uber and lyft take to keep their fares low?

          Are you any kind of serious person or just a troll?

  • TakeFive

    Uber admits it is trying to steal all transit riders away. [Yet RTD still collaborates with them]. (Jalopnik)

    Hah, Bruce Schaller is being disingenuous as usual; either that or he doesn’t understand public filings. Companies going public are required to name all known and ‘potential’ risks. If 1% of Uber users come from previous transit riders or if 5% of transit riders occasionally use Uber, then technically there’s competition. Rather than some evil conspiracy this is merely common sense. Can it complement transit as well? Of course.

    • TM

      Except that it rarely compliments transit and mostly steals ridership from transit. We already knew this.

      • TakeFive

        Much of Schaller’s research uses data to connect dots that don’t. Uber/Lyft offer a transportation option that allows free choice and people vote with their feet and pocketbook. It mostly fills a void that transit can’t. Of course the petri dish in NYC which is Schaller’s home is very different from Denver.

        • TM

          Uber and Lyft also lose money by the truckload. If they charged enough to make a profit they’d be a lot less popular.

          • TakeFive

            Is that why they’ve been lowering fares? Perhaps you’re unfamiliar with balance sheet accounting versus cash flow analysis.

          • TM

            Perhaps tech companies that did nothing more than release a phone app don’t have a clue what they are doing and are losing a ton of money.

          • TakeFive

            Speaking of tech companies: https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2019/04/16/checkr-denver-office-decision.html?iana=hpmvp_den_news_headline

            Checkr, a San Francisco-based background check tech company, is opening its second headquarters in Denver. Gov. Jared Polis is announcing the official move at 11:30 a.m., with Checkr CEO Daniel Yanisse and Betsy Markey of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade at the state Capitol building.

            Just more high paid tech workers wanting riders with Uber and Lyft. Btw, they do the background checks for both companies. Seems you’re fight a losing battle and a tad out-of-touch.

          • TM

            No one is talking to you troll

          • TakeFive

            lol, Deep

        • TM

          It actually doesn’t fill any void at all and does most of it’s business in areas with the best transit service.

          • TakeFive

            It really upsets you when others decide for themselves how to spend their own money doesn’t it?

          • TM

            I was right, you are nothing more than a troll.
            Have a nice life asshole.