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We've Got Data! Uber and Lyft Were Quicker, and Growing More Popular, in May.

Discussion in 'Portland' started by Dreamer, Jul 10, 2015.

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  1. Dreamer

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    If you grabbed a ride with Uber or Lyft in May, you probably had a shorter wait than your cab-calling counterparts—particularly those of you looking for a lift from the cloistered claustrophobia of the West Hills.

    In the first full month Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber were allowed to operate legally in Portland, customers using their cell phones to hale the services waited an average of six minutes for pickup. Cab customers were waiting around an extra four minutes before their rides arrived, on average.

    How do I know this? Because of the city's much-heralded data-sharing agreements with cabs and TNCs—part of a four-month pilot project that blew up Portland's for-hire transportation system in late April.

    The early numbers don't look great for cabs. While the city's taxi companies logged 30,000 more trips than TNCs in May (130,000 vs. 100,000) a report [pdf] that'll be submitted to Portland City Council next week suggests that might no longer be the case.

    "In general, taxicab companies provided more rides than TNC companies, but TNC companies saw many more trips toward the end of the month, suggesting that they may have greater overall ridership in coming months," the report says.

    It's worth noting that the PBOT's numbers don't include people who flagged cabs on the street or hopped into a cab at the airport, meaning the taxi trip numbers are low. Uber and Lyft, per the city's rules, aren't allowed to pick up people who flag them down.

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