Uber & Lyft Already Taking Customers Away From Mass Transit In Miami

In the not too distant future, autonomous vehicles combined with intelligent roadway systems will solve Miami’s traffic and mass transit problems, and that process may already be underway.

Newly released Miami Dade Transit statistics shows that ridership has been decreasing in recent months, even as Miami’s population reaches new highs. Metrobus has seen the sharpest decline, with ridership down around 10% in August and September.

In May, the county legalized ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. Those companies don’t release statistics, but Uber reported 10,000 driver in Miami at the beginning of 2016, even before being legalized.

In many cases, Uber and Lyft are already a better value that Metrobus. Both offer door to door carpool service from South Beach to Downtown for less than $3 at almost any time of day. Lyft and Uber also recently offered monthly passes in Miami that brought the cost of service to less than $2 per ride.

 

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Anonymous
4 years ago

(PAID) Metrobus ridership is 10 percent down partly or greatly due to expanded free trolleys in the central core and in places like Coral Gables and Miami Beach. A lot of times those trolley routes are competing with established Metrobus routes which might have to be reduced or eliminated if the trend continues. It makes economic sense for the non-elderly/disabled working class to take a free trolley than shell out $2.25 for Metrobus, especially if the distance travelled isn’t too far. Will the County release data on which routes are seeing drops in ridership? Will the cities continue to absorb the multi-million cost of “free” trolleys. Will they institute fares on the trolleys? Will the County continue to give unlimited free rides for the elderly/disabled? There is a political pied piper to be paid and politicians as a class are gonads-lacking creatures. I’ve been on trolleys lately and I’ve seen the overcrowding above safety limits, the homeless aimlessly riding and other issues. Cheers and Happy Holidays!

Anonymous
4 years ago

People use uber and lyft because of the lack of public transportation. A city usually does t depend on buses but it should be a small portion of a combined transit system.
If the metro rail/people mover was truly developed through the city and south beach I am sure that uber and lyft passenger counts would drop.

Miami simply doesn’t want to spend the money. Big mistake and no excuses

Anonymous
4 years ago

If they don’t do something about buses in the system, there is no way it can compete. Stops in every block, very little frequency, no dedicated lanes, oversize buses where not needed. Why not change it.

Polo
4 years ago

WHAT MASS TRANSIT?!

Just Wondering
4 years ago
marc
4 years ago

Yup. I love using Uber when I go out drinking or having car issues but I know these prices are not sustainable If Uber has any plans of continuing as is.

Gables
4 years ago

Uber and Lyft contribute to Miami’s traffic problem. They don’t solve it. Think about it, if even a third of public transit riders switched to Uber and Lyft, there would be so many more cars on the road in already traffic-clogged streets.

Anonymous
4 years ago

That’s a dumb comment. If you have more people taking uber that equates to less people on the road. If an Uber driver takes Family A to Location B, and Family B happens to be at Location B waiting to go to a different location, that’s 2 sets of cars that are NOT on the road. Think before you comment :/.

Andrew
4 years ago

I would argue that Uber/Lyft can both help and hinder traffic, depending on what alternatives people would be using. If people are opting for Uber over driving/parking a personal vehicle, it can help to some degree because of sharing/efficiency (especially if using Pool/Line). If 20 out of 40 people on a bus take Uber instead, then it adds to traffic (probably 10-15 more cars plus the bus is still on the road too). I am in the second category and rarely ever take the bus anymore as UberPool is often just as cheap plus is door to door. So one car is added for me when I previously would’ve taken the bus (say from downtown to sobe). Not to mention all the extra empty Ubers driving around waiting to snag a passenger, though some of these cars could just be replacing what used to be taxis driving around. Both scenarios can be true and it would just matter to what degree each is happening as to whether it helps or hurts overall traffic in the long run.

marc
4 years ago

Correct, that was not a dumb comment. The point of the report is that less people are taking the bus due to ride sharing. You have 15 people that would normally be on the bus now being driven in separate vehicles adding to the congestion.

Anonymous
4 years ago

No dumb comment. Look at the place we live in. This is Miami, not New York. Most people here drive cars. They do not take public transit, at least not to the same degree. So the first scenario applies, not the second. Know your demographics first before you comment.

suomynona
4 years ago

No. Your comment is dumb.

Instead of Person A driving themselves to work/the store, Person B is driving them instead. So that car is still on the road and still being used.

And if the covenience of Uber/Lyft takes people who would’ve otherwise used the bus and puts them in an Uber/Lyft car, that’s ADDING to traffic.

The ONLY way Uber/Lyft are reducing roadway congestion is if the passengers are using the “carpool” service, which most people aren’t going to choose to use.

suomynona
4 years ago

I probably should’ve read Andrew’s comment before commenting.

Mondocondo
4 years ago

If Uber is taking people away from public trans, it is increasing traffic. If uber drivers are on the road trolling for fares, and those drivers wouldn’t otherwise be on the road, it is increasing traffic. The condition where an uber is not increasing traffic is when they have a fare who would otherwise be commuting in their own car, and not using public transport. The investment in public transportation is still in the best interest. Not bus lines, not subways, but overhead lines and light rail. Cheers

Anonymous
4 years ago

Not a very well thought out comment, I used to drive everywhere and had to drive around looking for parking sometimes for over 20 minutes, now by taking Uber that is one less car on the road for that amount of time, now multiply that by the thousand other drivers on the road. Uber and Lift are the best thing that happened to Miami and this comes from someone who thought the idea was stupid the first time I heard about it.

Anonymous
4 years ago

I have an amazing idea! Let’s close down streets on Biscayne Boulevard, turn it into a park and force people to use “Mass Transit.” Of course the people spending $2k+ on rent love a late bus ride full of homeless or that awesome People Mover – totally feel safe on that!

Oh, dang. I guess not my idea. DDA is already doing this. BRILLIANT!

Anonymous
4 years ago

With this services everybody is saving money and time , less number of cars in the house .and the streets …we are 3 drivers and decided to have only 2 cars , the third car is an uber 🙂

Anonymous
4 years ago

You say Uber and Lyft are messing with the cabal ?

Jesus
4 years ago

As much as I want traffic fixed, having autonomous vehicles will displace a lot of workers doing Uber. I would prefer to still have Uber drivers plus having the ability to be driven by an intelligent roadway system, like the one in Minority Report.

Marc
4 years ago

An automatic car would speak more English than 80% of the Uber drivers here….=

Bring em on!!!

Anonymous
4 years ago

Agree 100%!

Mike
4 years ago

Go back to idaho!

Anonymous
4 years ago

I’ve been saying this… Uber and Lyft will make public transportation obsolete. Now I’m kind of happy Miami doesn’t have more rail even if I was a big proponent before. It would be money thrown at garbage because in 10 years, everybody will be pooling in autonomous vehicles and car ownership will be obsolete. UDBR should require more new buildings to be parkingless. It’s a big waste of space with tomorrow’s reality.