How We Can Use Uber to Reduce Traffic

There’s an app for everything nowadays. Social media apps keep us connected like never before, Google Maps tells us how to get from A to B, One Bus Away tells us when we can catch a ride, and Spotify lets us listen to our music along the way. There are even farfetched apps that prevent you from drunken dialing people, forecast how your hairdo will handle the day’s humidity, and apps that let you add mustaches to people in your pictures.

In recent years, one app that has taken off is Uber. It allows users to request a driver to pick them up and take them where they want to go – like an on demand cab service. One massive appeal is its convenience.

Now consider that big cities across the United States have traffic problems. In fact Seattle ranks in the top ten worst traffic cities in the US. To combat this issue, there has been a big push across the country to reduce the number of vehicles on the road to not only relieve some congestion but also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Increasing public transportation ridership is one way to achieve this, but many cities don’t yet have the infrastructure in place to make that happen. What we need right now is a way to alleviate the pressure we’re putting on our roads. We need something that merges the convenience of Uber with the environmental and monetary benefits of public transportation. Why not combine the two ideas and carpool with Uber?

Most people know the benefits of carpooling: splitting the cost of gas, having company for the ride, saving money on parking, and more. Carpooling with Uber is already allowed but only if everyone is together from the start – you need a group of people in one place that all have the same destination. There should be an app (or perhaps just add a feature to the current one) that allows single or double riders to request carpools with others. That way the users will still have all the convenience of the Uber service and save money on the ride while simultaneously reducing the number of vehicles on the road, reduce traffic, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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