Uber Endorses Charging Drivers to Use Congested Roads

Uber Endorses Charging Drivers to Use Congested Roads

Andrew Salzberg, Uber’s Head of Transportation Policy and Research, this week declared the company’s support for road pricing, a plan that would have cities or transit authorities charge drivers for using roads during peak times. Urban planners in recent decades have discovered that building more and bigger highways, surprisingly, doesn’t do much to reduce congestion (a phenomenon known as "induced demand"). Instead, as Salzberg puts it, “the cost of driving ultimately needs to reflect its cost to our cities.”

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