Ridesourcing Regulation and Traffic Speeds: A New York Case

Journal of Transport Geography

43 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2024

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Sicheng Wang

Michigan State University

Rui Du

Department of Economics, Oklahoma State University

Annie Lee

Mc Gill University - Department of Geography

Date Written: March 14, 2024

Abstract

Since 2019, New York City has enacted laws restricting ridesourcing services. This study investigates these regulations’ impact on traffic using street-level speed records. We used a regression discontinuity design to compare weekly traffic speeds immediately before and after regulations. We find that the for-hire-vehicle driver application freeze, implemented in April 2019, significantly boosted street speeds in the immediate run. The effect varied widely across boroughs, road types, and built environment characteristics. Further evidence suggests a post-policy reduction in ridesourcing supply, indicating that the policy primarily impacted ridesourcing companies’ scale and operations. However, the speed improvement appears to be temporary. Our findings offer valuable insights for crafting regulations targeting new urban mobility forms.

Keywords: Ridesourcing; Traffic speed; New York; Regulation; Regression discontinuity design

JEL Classification: R41, R42

Suggested Citation

Wang, Sicheng and Du, Rui and Lee, Annie, Ridesourcing Regulation and Traffic Speeds: A New York Case (March 14, 2024). Journal of Transport Geography, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4758724

Sicheng Wang

Michigan State University ( email )

Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1122
United States

Rui Du (Contact Author)

Department of Economics, Oklahoma State University ( email )

347 Business Building
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK OK 74078-0555
United States

Annie Lee

Mc Gill University - Department of Geography ( email )

1001 Sherbrooke St. W
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1G5
Canada

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