Part of the magic of transportation network companies
like Uber and Lyft is that they convert demand for
parking into passenger-loading events. The freedom
and time savings realized by their users are key factors
to the TNC mobility success story.
Of course, this shift from parking to passenger loading creates ripple effects felt by nearly everyone that relies on the transportation system. It also raises the stakes for those who have made, or are trusted with making, decisions regarding current and long term land use and transportation system plans. And the stakes are raised once again as we move into a future that includes autonomous vehicles.
Frankly, everyone suffers if we don’t get these decisions right. That includes passengers, drivers, and other users of the street, those in city halls, and even board rooms across the country.
Fehr & Peers is able to draw upon a diverse set of experiences planning for the current and future ripple effects of the increasing ubiquity of TNCs. In addition to the projects that we’ve been engaged on, our clients have benefited from us committing our R&D resources to ensuring that we have the broadest knowledge base with respect to TNCs and are ready for the tough questions that lay ahead.
Cities that rely on parking demand as a revenue source will not go down without a fight; they will look elsewhere to make up for a shortfall whether it be through service use fees or tax increases or conversely, through reduced services.
This may be an opportunity for urban parking lots to be developed into much-needed housing development.
Fehr & Peers’ current TNC-specific projects include:
SFMTA TNCs and Street Safety White Paper
SF Planning Travel and Loading Demand Update
BART Station TNC Observations
SFMTA Travel Decision Survey
Go Dublin Evaluation
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Fehr & Peers will continue to devote some of our R&D resources to evaluating emerging technologies such as TNCs so we can keep our clients informed and help them navigate this rapidly-changing landscape.