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Comfort and affordability have made Uber and Lyft extremely popular, but they are also a cause of traffic and possible road safety risks.
Team I captured driver after driver doubled parked or seated in front of traffic, all waiting for the late pbadengers of Uber and Lyft while other vehicles drove.
Once I really had to go out and take a taxi. Now most people open an application and their trip comes directly to you. The problem is that some people are calling from the comfort of their own sofa or office.
"When I go there they have to be there and I have to go," said pbadenger pbadenger April Lawson.
"It is illegal to do, no matter who does it, it is a danger to traffic, it is a danger to pedestrian traffic as well as to the traffic of other vehicles," said David Bradford, executive director of the Northwest Security Center Public
Bradford said taxis and delivery drivers can also be blamed for double parking, but some angry motorists said they believe the popularity of the carpool is making things worse.
"Especially in the morning when you try to go to work, and you're trying to go somewhere," said Vincent Stokes.
"It's very frustrating, we have many places we have to go, but we do not want to have to wait for someone else," said Marie Butler.
The I-Team even saw some travel drivers getting tickets or getting shooed by the police.
Shared-trip drivers recognize the problem.
"And we caused traffic behind us and we got beeps," said driver Hasan Alwan.
"Well, I hope you're ready when you get there so you do not have to sit down, but as you can see, I'm sitting waiting, sometimes I call them, and I was about to do it," driver Chris Stephens said.
And all at a time when traffic is slower. The Chaddick Institute of DePaul University recently published a study that shows average speeds throughout the city have declined. The badysis found that 25 of the 29 traffic regions in the city had lower speeds in 2017 compared to 2013. The study does not mention shared sharing: Uber X and Lyft were launched in Chicago in 2013.
"The solution it stops and does not double-park and get out of the way, "said driver Darnel Jenkins, but said pbadengers must be there when drivers arrive." Pbadengers must be outside and in a legal area. " "Well, they tell people to go to the next street and wait in a corner, but sometimes corners do not work either," Stephens said.
Some drivers said the solution might be to add "pick up zones" as in O & # 39; Hare and Midway.
"We need shared-travel pick-up areas, I feel it would be a great thing to do, you know," said Alwan.
The city was not made aware of the idea of shared-trip zones, but the Finance Department told the I-Team that just a few weeks ago its double parking fines tripled to $ 300 in the central district of business. The fine is still $ 100 elsewhere.
The department also said it conducts debt checks for drivers who can be removed from the platforms if they do not pay for the tickets.
Uber said he informed drivers about the increase and "All Uber drivers are expected to comply with local regulations and routinely provide drivers with resources to help them safely navigate the rules of the route."
Lyft said he is … "committed to providing a responsible travel experience for both pbadengers and we expect and encourage all drivers to obey local traffic laws, even hoping to find a safe and legal place to pick up and drop off pbadengers. "
Both applications alert pbadengers that they must be outside, waiting for their trip.  Those travel-sharing apps are expected to continue to grow in popularity, especially with the addition of a "group" option where strangers share a car to make the costs even lower.
In fact, the CTA partially blamed the carpooling for almost 4 percent decrease in train and bus travel in 2017.
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