In addition to the impact of Uber and competitors like Lyft, the study included analysis on how congestion especially in the Central Business District, which is south of 60th Street in Manhattan, has intensified in recent years — costing drivers hours and billions.
During peak hours, vehicle commuters faced an average annual delay of 74 hours in 2014. “The annual cost of lost time due to congestion delays was approximately $14.7 billion,” according to the study.
And while e-dispatch has contributed to overall congestion, it did not drive the recent increase in congestion in the Central Business District. Uber and other related trips are “substitutions” and not new trips, according to the study. ”E-dispatch could drive modest growth in congestion in the future,” the study found.
Increased congestion, according to the report, was attributed to freight movement, construction and population growth.
“We are pleased to release the findings of our study and look forward to continued work with the City Council and industry partners to create comprehensive proposals to address accessibility, consumer and employee safety, mobility and securing support for our public transit system,” mayoral spokesman Peter Kadushin said is a statement.
“We are supportive of several of the proposals presented today, especially efforts to empower drivers by giving them more freedom to partner with companies across the industry,” said Josh Mohrer, Uber New York general manager.
“We will be reviewing the policy ideas and hope to work with the de Blasio administration and the City Council on implementing many of them,” said Mohrer in an email to CNBC.
Also Friday, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito introduced legislation that would prevent Uber from facing regulations or limits on surge pricing.