A report from the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the largest unit of the
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, discusses in detail regulatory and policy issues
raised by the rapid growth of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft and
other innovative shared mobility services including carsharing, bikesharing and microtransit.
The report offers guidance to local and state elected officials and regulators on
these rapidly evolving and complex issues.
Bruce Schaller was a member of the TRB committee and co-wrote the report.
Interviews, op-eds, articles and presentations
Citylab column, May 4, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has led some to question the wisdom of crowding people into big cities. How density played into the spread of the virus is a complicated question, but one thing is clear: big cities are here to stay. People keep coming back to cities because they want the jobs, restaurants, culture, sociability, and the chance to prove yourself against the best. The question is not whether we need cities and density. The question is whether we have the vision, commitment and fortitude to make our cities equitable, affordable and sustainable as well as dense, creative and diverse.
Citylab column, Sept. 3, 2019
Urban traffic congestion is growing dramatically, according to a new report. So why aren’t drivers taking longer to get to work?
Citylab column, Jan. 7, 2019
Car ownership is up, even in the nation's most walkable and transit-rich cities. The resulting glut of motor vehicles makes it more difficult to give buses, bikes, and now e-scooters the road space they need to be speedy, safe, and comfortable. We better do something about it.
New York Daily News op-ed, June 14, 2019.
Hey, City Hall, it's not 1937 or 2009. Sensible regulation for today's needs.
New York Daily News op-ed, March 14, 2019.
Among the benefits: equity to your neighbor, high-paying jobs, top-flight medical care.
12-minute video interview by Rosalie Genevro, Executive Director of the Architectural League of New York, for the League's
conference on Ground Transportation and Climate Change, held November 3, 2018.
In this video, nationally recognized mobility expert Bruce Schaller offers an in-depth look at the forces shaping New York City’s transportation system.
The interview was recorded as part of The Architectural League's Five Thousand Pound Life’s transportation series.
Citylab column, Aug. 14, 2018
"Cities should make transit the most attractive way to get around town, reallocate street space to support higher-capacity modes,
and charge all vehicles for their contribution to emissions, congestion, and use of curbs.
"In a place like Midtown Manhattan, where vehicle speeds average 5 mph during the business day, yellow cabs, Ubers and Lyfts
are 50 to 80 percent of traffic flow and rapidly adding to congestion.
Given these facts, it would be foolish to dismiss the notion of pressing the pause button on the spiraling growth of ride service vehicles.
"But circumstances are different in other big cities where
ride services are most concentrated in nightlife districts, such as Chicago’s Near North Side and D.C.’s Dupont Circle.
It makes sense to manage rather than limit ride services with steps like directing drivers to pick-up and drop-off zones and
cordoning off lanes for buses to speed down busy corridors."
New York Daily News op-ed, July 2018.
"The numbers from my most recent research show what is also visible to the naked eye: Ride-hail and yellow cab drivers now dominate the Manhattan streetscape.
Put the cap where it counts: on Manhattan’s clogged streets. Limit the number of Lyfts and Ubers in Manhattan during daytime hours. That would force the
companies to fill their cars and even yellow cabs."
This article was published in a special issue of TR News, a publication of the Transportation Research Board,
devoted to the 40th anniversary of deregulation.
While airline, trucking, railroad and intercity bus industries underwent deregulation of entry and prices four decades ago, the
for-hire (taxi and now TNC) sector was on a different timeline: deregulation in selected cities in the 1970s and '80s, followed soon after by re-regulation, and then the current, de
factor deregulation in the form of "transportation network companies."
This article examines this cycle and looks to the future of under shared service models and autonomous technology.
Did you know that Uber and Lyft drivers spend one-third of their time in Midtown Manhattan empty searching and waiting for fares?
How does this affect congestion and what can be done to have our taxi system run more efficiently?
I sit down with Bruce Schaller, a consultant, and a former executive at NYC DOT and Taxi and Limousine Commission on how best to manage our roads to alleviate traffic. We also discuss the hot topic of congestion pricing.
A discussion of how this "revolution in transportation" is transforming customer expectations for transit and taxis too. Published in the
University of California, Graduate School of Public Policy, Policy Notes, Fall 2017
As tech firms and auto makers begin to test and look toward introducing fully autonomous vehicles, transportation, environmental and energy leaders are eagerly anticipating the replacement of private autos with systems of shared autonomous vehicles.
A system of shared autonomous vehicles (SAVs) holds the promise of saving lives, eliminating traffic congestion, increasing mobility, and reducing space devoted to parking in central cities.
While much of the discussion of SAVs is necessarily speculative and based on sometimes-arcane travel demand modeling, there is much to be learned about the path toward SAVs from current experience with Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride services.