The sputtering traffic in Manhattan has long been blamed on cars and delivery trucks pouring onto the streets from the rest of the city and beyond. But today, the traffic landscape in the city has undergone a remarkable shift — the problem is not just the congestion coming in, but the congestion that is already here. An explosion of ride-hailing app services has transformed the way that people get around the city and is choking the streets. Midtown traffic crawls at an average of 4.7 mph from 6.5 mph five years ago.
"Your Uber Car Creates Congestion. Should You Pay a Fee to Ride?" is from the December 27, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Winnie Hu and narrated by Kristi Burns.