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Uber Is Taking Millions Of Manhattan Rides Away From Taxis

Uber has replaced millions of Manhattan taxi pickups, according to newly released city data.


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took aim at Uber this summer, trying (and failing) to set a cap on the number of its for-hire cars operating in the city. The ride-share service has drawn criticism on a number of issues — including its labor practices — but the mayor said his main concern was traffic congestion. The number of yellow and green taxis on New York’s streets is carefully controlled by the city. Would additional pickups from an unregulated Uber fleet lead to urban gridlock?


Based on year-over-year counts, these fears appear to be unfounded. Uber has not caused a net increase in pickups, at least not in Manhattan, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis of pickup data. Instead, the ride-share service is replacing cabs in the center of the city and supplementing them in the outer boroughs.

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I didn't realize that Uber is replacing cabs until this article came out.

I thought Uber was supplementing not replacing.


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