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Uber and Lyft are responsible for about half of SF’s rise in traffic since 2010, SFCTA says

Uber and Lyft are often times the ones to blame for the rise in traffic and congestion in cities. In San Francisco, the two ride-hailing services are undoubtedly partially to blame, but not entirely to blame, according to a new study from the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. The gist is that while ride-hailing companies have contributed to the increase in traffic congestion in San Francisco, jobs and population growth also play a major role.

Between 2010 and 2016, according to the SFCTA, ride-hailing services accounted for:

  • 51 percent of the increase in daily vehicle hours of delay
  • 47 percent of the increase in vehicle miles traveled
  • 55 percent of the average speed decline
  • 25 percent of total vehicle congestion citywide

While ride-hailing services increase congestion throughout the entire city, there are concentrated effects in certain districts. Take District 6, which includes the tech company-heavy SOMA neighborhood, where ride-hailing services account for 45 percent of the increased delay while employment change accounts for 36 percent of the increased delay. But in District 3, which includes tourist-heavy areas like The Embarcadero and North Beach, Uber and Lyft account for 73 percent of increased delays.

“One thing that has really been sorely absent is that we have remained largely in the realm of the hypothesis” in terms of why there’s been such an increase in traffic in the city, said Joe Castiglione, the study’s co-author and SFCTA Deputy Director for Technology, Data and Analysis. “We’re seeking to ground this in a real data-driven and rigorous analytic approach to answering this question.”

The SFCTA utilized data from INRIX, a commercial dataset that combines numerous real-time GPS monitoring sources with data from highway performance monitoring systems. It also tapped Northeastern University for its transportation network services trip data set. There are, however, some limitations to this data, Castiglione pointed out. There’s no data set available on delivery services — think FedEx, UPS, and even Postmates, Caviar and UberEats.

Now that there’s all this data-driven information, it begs the question of what the city will do with it. The SFCTA is not a policy-making agency, but its bosses (the San Francisco Board of Supervisors) are.

“We’re silent on policy prescriptions,” Castiglione said. “We’re trying to peel the onion a bit more but we’re not going to lay on policy recommendations. We’re trying to give people some insight into what happens. Ultimately, our board, they’re the policymakers.”

This report comes at a time when the city is actively grappling with how to manage and regulate emerging modes of transportation, like bike-share and scooter-share.

“To the extent we believe all of these things will shape our future, then we want to wrestle with them,” Castiglione said. “We’re working with the SFMTA to determine how to look at all these on-demand delivery services.”

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/16/uber-and-lyft-are-responsible-for-about-half-of-sfs-rise-in-traffic-since-2010-sfcta-says/

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California governor signs law to bar restaurants from automatically handing out plastic straws

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San Bernadino shooting: police say eight hurt, two critically

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  • Police spokesman says 17-year-old boy in critical condition
  • Authorities first said 10 hurt; no weapon found or suspect named

Eight people were shot at a San Bernardino, California apartment complex on Sunday night, including a 17-year-old boy who was in critical condition, a police spokesman said.

Authorities in the southern California city were unsure what motivated the shooting in an outdoor common area where a group of people had gathered, said San Bernardino police spokesman Capt Richard Lawhead.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/03/san-bernadino-shooting-children-10-people-injured

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California lawmakers pass bill to phase out fossil fuels by 2045

dims?crop=3000%2C2049%2C0%2C0&quality=85Lawmakers in California have strengthened the state’s commitment to clean energy by passing a bill to stop using fossil fuels entirely by 2045. The legislature passed S.B. 100 by 43 votes to 32, making California the second state to take such a step,…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/08/30/california-renewable-clean-energy-fossil-fuels-2045/

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Mendocino Complex wildfire becomes California’s biggest ever

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Thousands of firefighters battle blaze as it destroys 87 homes and 82 other structures, and forces evacuations

Plumes of smoke towered over flame-engulfed mountains in northern California on Monday evening as thousands of firefighters grappled with the largest wildfire in state history.

At a community hall in a small farming community 121 miles north-east of San Francisco, Renato Lira, an American Red Cross disaster services worker, looked through photos on his phone of the fire he had just driven through to set up an evacuation center. As he flicked, his screen turned red.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/06/california-wildfire-mendocino-complex