The ballot initiative would rewrite California's labor laws to let these companies avoid giving their drivers a minimum hourly wage, paid sick leave, or unemployment, among other basic benefits.
In a column for Streetsblog California, Adam Stocker, a researcher at UC Berkeley, wrote that "if Prop 22 passes, it would tax the environment as much as it does drivers... One study in San Francisco found that Uber and Lyft were responsible for about half of the rise in congestion in that city between 2010 and 2016. Uber itself recently admitted that the average Uber trip is 41 percent more carbon intensive than a personal car trip."
In the Event of Post-Election Protests, Can We Rely On the T?
In an emailed statement, MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo wrote that large protests could create "the potential for a service disruption (or) station closures."
"A disorderly situation in a station poses significant risks... including contact with the third rail, potential to be struck by a moving vehicle, (or) injury to another rider or employee," wrote Pesaturo.
Pesaturo stressed that the T would communicate any closures and alternative service options "as promptly as possible," and that "the T’s planning includes measures to safely facilitate the movement of large crowds."
If you're considering attending a protest in the coming days, start thinking about contingency plans for getting home safely in case the T isn't available.