Congestion: Myth 1

Congestion: Myth 1

Ride-hailing and car-sharing services reduce the total number of cars on the road.

Transportation network companies (TNCs) often increase the number of vehicles on
the road and miles driven. Deadhead miles account for up to 50% of miles driven.

TNC vehicles, on average, travel an extra 0.25-1 mile for every for-hire mile
driven, depending on city utilization rates. Additionally, TNCs directly compete
with more sustainable transportation modes. One-quarter of ride-hailing service
users say they would have used public transit instead if TNCs weren’t an option. TNCs also contribute to congestion by giving their drivers incentives to ignore traffic and parking regulations. In a three-month period in 2017, about 66% to 75% of all traffic violations in San Francisco were committed by TNCs.

Robotic Parking Systems has been advocating better parking options as a means to reduce congestion since 2001. Parking garages in cities do not have to be huge ugly behemoths. Automated parking facilities offer smaller garages with equal parking capacity as well as facades that can blend with any neighborhood.


The National Parking Association commissioned a top-10 consulting firm to produce a
report on reducing congestion. The result: “Parking is a solution to congestion.”

The report, “An Ecosystem Approach to Reducing Congestion,” reaffirms the role of
parking in our cities. For the full study, visit

© 2018 PwC. All rights reserved.
Produced with the participation of the National Parking Association

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