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In today’s episode of The Heartland Daily Podcast, managing editor Jesse Hathaway talks with Manhattan Institute fellow Jared Meyer about a new study examining how Uber, the popular transportation network company, benefits lower-income households and minority neighborhoods in New York City.
Using ZIP code-level data from Uber’s own logs, Meyer found that UberX—Uber’s basic service tier—saw the most uptake in low-income neighborhoods outside of the city’s core. The fastest growing segment of Uber’s customer base was not people traveling from Manhattan to the airport, but people travelling to and fro in the city’s outlying neighborhoods.
Meyer explains how economic freedom and providing a service people like benefits everyone, as opposed to the taxicab industry’s past practices of refusing to serve minorities or minority neighborhoods.