Transportation Network Companies Might Be Pulling Riders from Public Transit, but This Could Change

Authors: Susan Shaheen, PhD, Elliot Martin, PhD, Adam Stocker

Date: May 2023


Transportation Network Companies (TNCs, also known as ridehailing and ridesourcing) have expanded across California over the past decade and changed the way people travel. Using a smartphone, travelers can quickly summon a vehicle from almost anywhere and know what the estimated wait time, travel time, and cost will be before stepping into the vehicle. While TNCs are clearly addressing an unmet need for travelers, their growing popularity has raised a number of policy questions, including if TNCs are shifting people away from public transit and other travel modes (e.g., carshare, walking, biking).

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June 5, 2023