Ride-hailing companies are cagey on all-important trip data. So researchers are finding clever workarounds. They’d cut back on traffic, ease air pollution, and complement public transit. Or so they said. But the effects of Uber, Lyft, and other transportation network companies (“TNCs,” in wonk-speak) are proving more complicated on city streets. In New York City, rapid growth in on-demand vehicles roving the roads—with and without passengers—is contributing to markedly slower traffic, ...
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