A Shift Towards a Modern Day Transportation Ecosystem

Yesterday’s passage of the Vehicle-for-Hire Innovation Act in our nation’s capital marked a watershed moment: 14 US jurisdictions have now adopted permanent regulatory frameworks for ridesharing, a transportation alternative that didn’t even exist 4 years ago.

On the heels of Colorado, California, Chicago, Baton Rouge, Oklahoma City, and several others, DC taking this step is a signal to the entire country that there is a marked shift towards progressive regulation that expands and evolves transportation ecosystems in cities around the world. And before the ink had dried on this blog, Cincinnati created a permanent regulatory framework for ridesharing, becoming the latest US jurisdiction to do so.

DC is a forward-looking city that embraces innovation, and is a city of the future. The legislation’s name is no coincidence either – it is the first of its kind, developed from the ground up to empower a new age of transportation in DC. It’s also a great example of the things that can result from putting differences aside, working collaboratively and acting in the best interest of riders and drivers alike.

Over a year ago, we first launched uberX in the District and it has since transformed the way people affordably and reliably move around the city, as we’ve seen throughout the United States:

  • DUI arrests are known to decrease by 10% in cities where Uber operates.
  • 1 in 4 Uber trips begin or end in Northeast DC, and 1 out of 3 Uber trips start or end at a local small business, which are often underserved by transit.
  • The average ETA for Uber in DC is under 3 minutes.
  • A thousand jobs created every month in Washington, DC alone.

The District joins over a dozen municipalities across the country that have embraced forward-looking regulations – a clear trend of cities and states that are working to ensure ridesharing remains a lasting and sustainable piece of the local transportation pie.

As regulators and policymakers across the country consider the framework for ridesharing in their jurisdiction, the DC legislation is a model that puts the best interest of their constituents and their cities first.

With more and more jurisdictions taking up the torch of sensible regulations that keep pace with new technology, our communities will be safer, more efficient and more livable.

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