CMU to Study Benefits of Ride-Sharing in Poorer Neighborhoods

By turning low-income Pittsburgh neighborhoods into a transportation laboratory, CMU’s Center for the Future of Work is seeking to prove to policymakers that programs like a subsidized ride-hailing app might pay off. 
“We already spend a lot of money trying to provide transportation for our lower-income citizens,” said Lee Branstetter, a CMU professor of economics and public policy and director of the center. “But given where they live and given where their jobs are, what we’re spending all that money on now may not be the most effective way to help them.”
The study, which is expected to begin after a round of fundraising still in progress, is designed to touch on a shortfall of the Pittsburgh region’s broader transportation system in reaching neighborhoods unserved by buses and taxis.