According to a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), ride-hailing services are increasing carbon emissions, with such trips creating more CO2 than equivalent private car rides. The study examined the impact of ride-hailing emissions on seven U.S. cities. Other studies of ride-hailing services done over the past two years have found they contribute to growing inner city congestion and are a factor in decreased public transit use. The researchers found on average, a solo ride-hailing trip emits almost fifty percent more carbon dioxide than a comparable private vehicle trip. The increase in emissions is the result of the time ride-hailing drivers spend without a passenger, usually referred to as “dead heading”. UCS called on ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to electrify their fleets, increase shared (multiple passenger) rides and improve access to public transit hubs.”

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