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City May Ban Uber from Market Street

Uber reacts predictably.


As part of updated traffic regulations on Market Street, city officials may ban ride-sharing companies like Uber from using the main artery of San Francisco.

In a petition circulated on that has garnered almost 15,000 signatures the company says that “your ability to take an Uber from Market Street is at risk — and we need you to speak up in support of ridesharing services like Uber.” 

Sounds dire—and worse for Uber riders, it’s true. But like all things, it’s a little more complicated than it seems.

The city’s traffic planners have been working on a series of policies, called Vision Zero, to decrease the number of injuries and accidents across San Francisco. As part of that effort, Muni’s board will vote on Tuesday on a set of changes that would ban private cars—including ride-sharing vehicles—from using Market Street from Eighth to Third. Emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, and taxis would still be allowed. All vehicles would still be allowed to cross Market.

That’s a set of rules that, predictably, has taxi drivers cheering and Uber crying foul. But, of course, it would be tricky for the city enforcement officers to distinguish on the fly between regular old carpooling and Uber riding in a way that identifying taxis from isn’t. And, at some level, a car-free Market street is a pretty nifty idea. But, if Uber’s are banned, how are you going to get to Local Edition or the BART station?

Lots of questions. No answers! Happy Friday—self-driving cars can't get here fast enough.



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