What does “ridesharing” really mean? The words “ridesharing” and “carpooling” are in the headlines a lot lately, thanks to use of those terms by companies like Uber and Lyft. There’s a problem with their use of those words, however. Such companies offer for-hire, for-profit driving services, not traditional ridesharing.
Why are definitions important? Because some state and local governments have inadvertently begun looking to regulate “ridesharing,” not realizing the difference between for-profit driving services versus traditional non-commercial ridesharing.
While ACT is not anti-Uber or anti-Lyft, we are pro-clarity. So, the resources below help clarify the differences between transportation network companies and traditional carpool/vanpools, and help policy makers promote innovation, protect the public, and support true ridesharing.
Introduction to Ridesharing: Overview of Definitions and Setting the Stage Presentation (PDF) by Susan Shaheen, Pd.D. — UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center 2014 ACT International Conference
Ridesharing (and Not Ridesharing) by Jason Pavluchuk for the Association for Commuter Transportation (PDF)
White Paper – The Case for FTA to Create a New Regulatory Framework to Incorporate Mobility on Demand