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There were 100K Uber and Lyft rides in Boston last year

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lionfool
236 Rider Driver
 Posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Mind boggling. Of course I knew there were a lot, but that's a really big number. And lots of extra congestion.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2018/05/01/there-were-nearly-uber-and-lyft-rides-day-boston-streets-last-year/yzOWJ9PdVg8KKQMQSKSF2K/story.html

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    SmittenKitten
    2097 Rider
     4 years ago

    100K does sound like a lot, but isn't this one of those psycholoical phenomenon where we all believe the world is smaller than it really is?  

    • It's like when you are at your high school graduation and feeling so special.  Then you realize there are 22,000 other school graduations going on at the same time.
    • It's like when you get your PhD, a doctorate.  Then you realize there are 70,000 other people PhDs graduating that same year.   ...and that's only in the USA.
    • It's like when a child is born, you think it's very special.  Then you realize there are 360,000 babies being born every day.  That's more than 4 babies every second.
    • It's like when your friend passes away in a car accident.  Then you realize 100 people die every day from car crashes...in USA alone.  In the world? 3500 deaths a day.
    • It's like when you hear about someone who passed away and you become sad.  Then you realize a person dies somewher…

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    100K does sound like a lot, but isn't this one of those psycholoical phenomenon where we all believe the world is smaller than it really is?  

    • It's like when you are at your high school graduation and feeling so special.  Then you realize there are 22,000 other school graduations going on at the same time.
    • It's like when you get your PhD, a doctorate.  Then you realize there are 70,000 other people PhDs graduating that same year.   ...and that's only in the USA.
    • It's like when a child is born, you think it's very special.  Then you realize there are 360,000 babies being born every day.  That's more than 4 babies every second.
    • It's like when your friend passes away in a car accident.  Then you realize 100 people die every day from car crashes...in USA alone.  In the world? 3500 deaths a day.
    • It's like when you hear about someone who passed away and you become sad.  Then you realize a person dies somewhere in the world every 1.7 seconds. That's 150,000 people every day.

    To put Boston into perspective, Central Artery and Zakim Bridge (i.e. Big Dig) is designed to handle 245,000 vehicles every day.  There are 690,000 people living in Boston, 4.6M in Greater Boston Metro.  Almost 1.3M people take the MBTA buses, subways, commuter rails and ferries. Is 100K a lot?

    Well, yeah, 100K Uber and Lyft rides still do feel pretty big number.  OK, it passes my test.

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      BeMatt
      135 Rider
       4 years ago

      wow - please provide me with more of these! such mindless reading.

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      jcgreen79
      174 Rider
       4 years ago

      1.3M people take the T out of 4.6M people who live there?  That's nuts.  Oh, I guess each person can take the T multiple times.  still.

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    kias_revenge
    133 Rider
     4 years ago

    If those people had all taken public transportation... imagine it. Oh wait, I don't have to, I can just remember 5 years ago before rideshares were a thing, and traffic was more manageable.

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    chawes
    756 Rider Guru
     4 years ago

    I wish we had the data on the ride start/endpoints. I would love to see how they correlate to public transit locations.

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    AsStibelDude
    668 Driver
     4 years ago

    Wow, 100K a day!  That's 70 requestes a minute, when flattened out, definitely way more during the day or busy times.  Crazy.  I can't imagine that a pickup is literally happening every second.  the city doesn't seem that big to me.  (I drive in Boston.)  

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    joeyj
    423 Rider Driver
     4 years ago

    It's a big number, but extra congestion? Nah. Those people would have taken taxis or driven themselves in the past.