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From Uber in SF to Ola in Bengaluru: Ride-sharing’s hidden secret

Uber is going public today. Lyft, in the US, already has. Amid newly-minted millionaires, what of cities that have gone poorer on the liveability index? Finally, there is cold, hard evidence. Ride-sharing has only made cities more congested, slowed down traffic. Indian cities aren’t faring any better


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Uber goes public today. Private investors will count their millions. Or billions. It’s time, therefore, to look at its public promises.

When the ride-sharing companies made their debut—Uber in the US in 2009 and Ola in India in 2010—a common belief was they’d reduce congestion, private vehicle use, and commute time.

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