Your Uber Has Arrived: Ridesharing and Emissions Impacts

Girl holding cell phone next to street waiting for ride share July 11, 2019 Your Uber Has Arrived

This project evaluates how accessible different areas are when Uber arrives in a city. Areas requiring more driving to access them, imply a higher level of emissions. More specifically, this project tests for growth in city level emissions and explores policy interventions that affect the flow of trips, such as:

  • vehicle-miles-tax, which increases the cost of accessing far flung locations
  • location-specific tolls, changing the relative access costs of different areas
  • vehicle quotas, which limit the total number of trips taken

These policy experiments also provide predictions of emissions output based on the aggregate number of trips in each city under each policy.