Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Public Policy Analysis
© 2019 Emily M Zheng
I examine whether Uber and Lyft are currently complements or substitutes of public transit, and how partnerships between cities and ride sharing companies can increase their complementary relationship and solve parking and mobility issues. The results suggest that transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft do not have a statistically significant effect on public transit ridership overall, but are complements of public transit for certain populations. Policies that give discounts for TNC rides taken to and from transit stops help solve the first mile / last mile problem, which consequently help increase transit ridership.
Zheng, Emily, "Can Uber and Lyft Save Public Transit?" (2019). Pomona Senior Theses. 221.
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