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Friday, April 6 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
FR3.30.44 The Effects of Uber on Low-Income Communities

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Transportation options have recently evolved into the sharing economy; however, not all communities have access to these options due to multiple historical and contemporary barriers. Is the sharing economy inaccessible to low-income communities? In the context of major transportation, hospitality, and marketplace branches evolving due to new ventures, how will low-income communities adapt to changes in established public transportation modes?

The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of Uber on low-income communities. Specifically, the accessibility of services, or lack thereof, being provided to these communities and testing their feasibility as a mode of transportation in comparison with higher-income communities. Six randomly selected low-income and high-income census tracts will be used to explore the service coverage and accessibility of Uber. The data collected from low-income census tracts will be compared to those from high-income census tracts using a t-test and regressions to determine similarity or difference of service coverage between the tracts and the significance of different variables. Results are expected to display disparities between high-income and low-income census tracts. Low-income census tracts are predicted to have less service coverage and accessibility as determined by price and wait time.

Evan Wise, Temple University

Friday April 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Provincial Ballroom (2nd Floor)