Uber wants to pay congestion pricing revenue to the city of Seattle so it gets a seat at the negotiating table. It doesn’t want the city to limit its cars.
The city should be very careful in negotiating with Uber. With the advent of automated vehicles (AVs), Uber is poised for a dramatic expansion in profit as it will no longer pay the cost of a local workforce. AVs will also increase vehicle congestion.
Uber is an increasingly powerful actor at the negotiating table and may become the 800-pound gorilla demanding public right-of-way for private profit. The city must honor its obligation to the public and to future residents. What city do we want? One with big roads mobbed with traffic, or one where people walk, ride bikes, and move quickly through the City on rapid transit.
Andrew Kidde, Seattle
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