Ride sharing companies blamed for SF traffic congestion

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON)—San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency is talking about the explosive growth of ride hailing companies like Uber and Lyft and says there’s simply not enough being done to deal with what could become an even bigger traffic headache.

The agency says there’s a potential for 45,000 Uber and Lyft cars to be driving around the city looking for passengers.

While San Francisco already has plenty of traffic problems, Muni says this obviously won’t help.

The complaint is part of a filing with the Public Utilities Commission saying there haven’t been enough limits on the growth of the industry and that’s led to even more traffic congestion.

San Francisco was rated as having the third worst traffic congestion in the nation this year.

And the agency says much of the increase is because of Uber and Lyft.

A key concern is the legality of Uber and Lyft drivers using rental cars to drive passengers which is part of an ongoing debate.

Taxi drivers have long been arguing that they’re regulated far more than their ride-hailing competitors.

There was no immediate reaction to the report from Uber and Lyft.

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