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Uber and Lyft are reportedly offering cash incentives to entice drivers back on the road. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, both ride-hailing companies are facing severe driver shortages as the demand for rides has started to rise again.   As vaccination rates increase and different parts of the U.S. start to reopen, customer spending on Uber and Lyft increased 30% from Feb. to Mar. Uber reportedly said that total monthly bookings, including food delivery and…
As a recent Time Magazine article pointed out, electric vehicles (EVs) are shockingly quiet because their motors have few moving parts. As the author found out when he drove an all-electric Mustang Mach-E, he felt he “was driving a giant motorized iPad than the electrified successor to an iconic American muscle car.” That might sound like a blessing for urbanites who have to deal with traffic noise. However, the lack of noise can actually create…
After a drastic drop because of COVID, Metro transit ridership is reportedly gradually recovering from roughly 70%. The state and county’s relatively rapid steps toward reopening are proceeding more quickly than Metro’s slow crawl to restore transit service. By Mar. 2021, many bus lines were operating at about two-thirds of pre-COVID levels. This is likely to result in overcrowded buses.   In 2019, the system saw about 1.2 million weekday daily riders, and this…
When the coronavirus pandemic began last year, one of the first visible changes we experienced was a dramatic decrease in traffic. Los Angeles, like much of the country, became deserted overnight. This was because of people sheltering in place, which resulted in students taking online classes and, those who could, working from home.   According to a recent Gallup poll, roughly 33% of U.S. workers said they had shifted to working completely from home by…
The City of Pasadena is reportedly putting an end to free bus rides, and will start collecting fares again on Apr. 12. This comes after more than a year after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted virtually everything, including bus fares. The fees will be the same as they were before the pandemic.   The City had reportedly stopped collecting those fees to ensure driver and rider safety. But with lower COVID-19 case counts and new driver…
Food delivery company Doordash is reportedly awarding $20,000 grants and business support to 25 Los Angeles County restaurant owners and operators who have struggled to stay afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The company will provide the help through its Main Street Strong Accelerator program in partnership with Accion Opportunity Fund, a nonprofit small business lender and support organization.   The 25 L.A. County recipients will get $10,000 of the grant money up front and the…
Uber is reportedly revoking California drivers’ privileges, including setting their own prices, given by the company to avoid reclassifying its workers as employees under AB5. The company is claiming too many drivers took advantage of them, which ultimately hurt their business.    California lawmakers passed AB5 in 2019 as a way to make it harder for companies like Uber and Lyft to skirt labor laws and off-load healthcare and unemployment-insurance costs to taxpayers by misclassifying
The U.S. auto industry has reportedly experienced a strong first quarter of 2021 of sales. Automakers including Hyundai, Nissan, Kia, and Toyota saw double-digit sales growth, which seem even stronger when compared to the same period last year when the COVID-19 constrained sales.   Compared to the first quarter of 2020, new-vehicle sales are up more than 8%. For example, Tesla’s total deliveries more than doubled from the first quarter of last year;  Toyota’s sales…
Earlier this month, the National Safety Council reported that more than 42,000 people in the U.S. died in motor vehicle crashes in 2020, representing an 8% increase over 2019. This came as a surprise, since people across the country traveled 13% fewer miles by car because of coronavirus-related lockdowns.However, as pointed out by Bloomberg City Lab, the 8% increase is actually a 24% increase on a per-mile-traveled basis — the highest year-over-year jump in…
Two people were reportedly killed and several others injured, including a 2-year-old child, in a suspected DUI car crash on the northbound 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles. According to Sgt. Jeff Lane of the California Highway Patrol, the three-vehicle collision took place shortly before 2 a.m., just south of Ninth Street, when a Lexus SUV that was traveling southbound in a northbound lane slammed head-on into a Toyota Corolla.    The CHP reportedly shut…