Massachusetts releases report on ridesharing

Hampshire County

Outside of the Greater Boston Area and the Cape and Islands, Hampshire County has the highest number of trips for companies like Uber and Lyft. And some people are crediting college students.

The Transportation Network Company Rideshare data website is highlighting the data, including destination, duration and rider demographics.

The website was developed by the Department of Public Utilities and the Executive Office of Technology Services. 

Officials hope the first-of-its-kind website will help lawmakers understand the state’s transportation landscape while crafting new laws.

Amherst resident Samuel Costs talked to 22News about the usefulness of rideshare services. “Just open up your app real quick and you have a ride home, real quick,” Costs said. “It’s safer for college students, instead of going out drinking and driving. That’s not safe.”

In 2017, approximately 65 million rideshare trips took place in Massachusetts.

Since 2017, Massachusetts has implemented the most comprehensive state background checks for ride-sharing drivers.

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