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Revel Shuts Down in NYC After Two Fatal Accidents

Published on Jul 29, 2020 at 7:24 am in News.

On July 28, Revel, a moped rideshare company, decided to cease operations in New York City. According to Deadline, this decision was made hours after the second Revel scooter death this month.

Earlier in July, CBS2 reporter Nina Kapur, 26, died in Brooklyn after falling off a Revel Scooter being driven by a friend. The second death occurred yesterday. Jeremy Malave, 32, died after crashing a Revel moped into a light pole on a Queens roadway around 3:15 a.m.

Atlanta Public Schools Partners With Lyft to Provide Free Rides During Pandemic

Published on Jul 28, 2020 at 7:22 am in News.

According to WSB-TV 2 Atlanta, Lyft and Atlanta Public schools are partnering to ensure families have access to reliable transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, the LyftUp initiative has helped 110 local families access to jobs, education, groceries, voting, and bikesharing.

Through the partnership, Lyft is providing free credit rides for students and their families who did not have or had limited access to public transportation because of the pandemic. As schools plan to start in a matter of weeks, the collaboration will continue through August so families who need to take essential trips will be able to do so free of charge.

Responsibility Comes Into Question After Rideshare Driver Dies From COVID-19

Published on Jul 27, 2020 at 7:55 am in News.

Billie Sue Matchke, a 71-year-old from San Diego, drove for Uber and Lyft during the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus took her life and now Uber and Lyft are facing even more criticism regarding what they provide to their workers.

Matchke initially started driving for Uber and Lyft to supplement her pension, according to the Los Angeles Times. While she stopped driving for a few weeks when California first issued stay-home orders in March, she started driving again not soon after because she was having trouble securing unemployment benefits.

New Study Shows Algorithm Bias With Ride-Hailing Fares

Published on Jul 24, 2020 at 7:34 am in News.

Researchers from George Washington University in Washington D.C. assessed more than 100 million Uber and Lyft trips between November 2018 and December 2019 in Chicago. The goal of the study was to see whether there was a disparity in what passengers were charged based on location.

Using transportation and census data, the team concluded that ride-hailing companies charge a higher price per mile for trips when the pick-up point or destination had a high percentage of non-white residents, low-income residents, or low-education residents.