Public Transit Still Rules Rush Hour in Cities

The use of public transit and ridesharing varies between cities with no clear correlation, but it’s not until evenings and weekends that app-based services like Uber and Lyft excel, according to a recently released report from the Shared-Use Mobility Center, a Chicago-based public interest organization.

The use of TNCs, or transportation network companies, spanned all income brackets in Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., according to the “Broadening Understanding of the Interplay Between Public Transit, Shared Mobility and Personal Automobiles” report. Most TNC trips were short and limited to urban cores and airports and not used for longer daily commuting. But when TNCs were frequently relied upon, car ownership went down, according to the report.

“In a congested environment, generally nothing is more efficient at moving lots of people than public transit,” Sharon Feigon, the center’s executive director, said in a statement. “But we can see where TNCs fit into the gaps where the transit systems don’t work as well.”