They aren't straight-up like the ride-hailing TNCs, but as VC-funded enterprises that are trying to scale up quickly and are premised on extracting value, disintermediation, and yes even a kind of deep data collection verging on surveillance, they have some real similarities.
Yesterday in the Sunday paper, the Register-Guard had a front-pager on problems with ride-hailing. The City of Salem has not yet reported on how our TNC regulations are working here, and it's time for a formal report. If the City can't get useful numbers and develop a meaningful analysis, then they should center the problem of reporting and transparency. They should also discuss the VMT increases and congestion that come from ride-hailing.
|front page Sunday on ride-hailing safety problems|
|City Manager's update|