Taxi use is plummeting in DC as rideshare use skyrockets

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WASHINGTON, D.C. —

Numbers released by AAA Mid-Atlantic show the use of traditional taxis in DC has plummeted in a relatively short period of time.

AAA says as recently as the 2015 fiscal year passengers still made 18.1 million trips by taxi in the city. By fiscal year 2018 that number had plummeted by around 44% to 10.2 million rides.

Meanwhile AAA says use of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft has gone up even faster than use of taxis has gone down – and the net result is more traffic congestion.

AAA found that trips using services like Uber and Lyft went from 30.1 million in fiscal year 2016 to 45.3 million the next year.

AAA says that’s leading to traffic gridlock, because riders haven’t just abandoned taxis for Uber and Lyft — they’ve also abandoned Metro for them. That means there are a lot more cars on the road.

“In a city that wants to limit the number of single vehicle trips across town, [instead] that number is increasing because more people are utilizing Lyft and Uber and the ride-hailing services,” said John Townsend II with AAA Mid-Atlantic.

“Most of the people using ride-hailing services are doing it for work-related purposes. These are people who were formerly using Metro.”

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